Lately I have gotten tired and run down and have not stopped and taken the time to care for myself. I noticed the first signs of a sore throat but just made sure to cut back on sugar. A few days later I could feel something really coming on. Being pregnant and caring for a two year old doesn't make sickness very easy to live with so I immediately pulled out all my health boosting remedies that are safe during pregnancy. I took some homeopathic remedies, drank lots of water with olive leaf complex mixed in and made a pot of this soup. I also had my husband and daughter pray for me and I got to bed a little earlier (not that I could sleep, but that is just pregnancy I guess). Now it is two days later and I feel completely fine! I am sold on this soup for whenever my immune system needs a boost.
As usual, I don't measure anything (especially not when making soup!) but here is the general idea. I strain my soup before drinking it so I don't worry about cutting things uniformly and even leave the thyme leaves on the stem.
Combine the following in a pot and simmer until desired doneness:
- Chicken broth (home made bone broth is ideal)
- lots of garlic, roughly chopped
- diced onion
- lots of crushed red pepper and freshly ground black pepper
- salt to taste
- fresh thyme (or dried is fine)
- bay leaf