According to traditional Chinese thought, procreative energy resides in what is called our Essence (Jing). Jing is the quintessential energy that is the foundation of life itself. When it becomes depleted, our lives end.
In Western terms, Essence (Jing) is associated with our Kidney/Adrenal complex. It is passed down from parents to children at conception and is meant to last us our lifetime. We have our set Jing with which we come into life and we can accumulate acquired Jing to add to our stores. We can also exhaust and deplete this energy by making the wrong choices.
To live a long, healthy and fantastic life, we must maximize and safeguard our Jing, our essence through various means integrating body, mind, and spirit.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bone marrow soup, otherwise known as “Longevity soup” is a Jing tonic, which extracts and provides its unique nutrition from the bone marrow. This is thought to promote energy, growth and development.
This soup will help to replenish some of the energy lost from being in a state of continual stress, which is common in the Western world. The bones contain minerals, notably Calcium which are extracted into the broth for our consumption. It is the perfect meal for a cold winter night.
How to prepare “Longevity soup”
• Use marrow Bones from a land bearing animal, usually beef bones. Break the bones into pieces. Try to get them from an organically raised, free ranging animal.
• Fill a pot with water, boil and add your bones into the water.
• Boil for as long as you can, up to 8 hours. Keep your pot covered with a lid.
• Add 8 sticks of Astragalus root (especially in winter months for an immune system boost)
• Add 1 tablespoon of Apple cider Vinegar to extract minerals more effectively from bones.
• When cooked, remove the bones and use this broth alone.
• Once you have your broth ready, you can divide it up and freeze portions.
• To the portion you will use, add fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery, squash, sweet potato, and zucchini. Feel free to add whole grains and beans / legumes of choice for a heartier soup. Only cook vegetables for a very short time to keep nutrients intact.
• Feel free to add garlic, ginger, and spices of choice.