Here's a quick lowdown on how these roots cleanse and tone the vital organ systems;
Dandelion root- Liver tonic. Promotes bile flow.
Burdock root-Cleanses the digestive system as well as the lymphatic system. It is immune boosting to boot!
Astragalus- Increases the production of white blood cells and strengthens the immune system. Is a great energy tonic.
Ginger- Ginger is a wonderful circulatory and digestive stimulant.
Garlic & Onions- Are good immune boosters.
You can find fresh burdock, dandelion, astragalus, sea veggies and the shitake mushrooms at your local co-op or health food store. Dried can be substituted for fresh but fresh is optimal. You can reconstitute dried roots by soaking them in water for a bit. Slice thinly.
1 ounce dried astragalus root
4 ounces fresh dandelion root
4 ounces fresh burdock root
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon dried kelp, dulse, or other sea vegetable
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
7 medium-size fresh shiitake mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, minced
herbs and seasonings to taste
1/2 cup miso paste
Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and reduce heat. Add astragalus, dandelion, burdock, ginger, and sea vegetable; cover and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Strain, return broth to pot, and keep over medium heat. In a saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat; add onion and mushrooms, and saute until tender. Add garlic; saute for a few more minutes. Add entire mixture to broth. Turn off heat, and stir in miso paste. Season to taste.
This makes 3 qts of soup.
(This post was originally posted on April 4th, 2009. Reposting to kick off my spring tonic week!)