IMMUNE BOOSTING SOUP RECIPE - ZOÉ WILD
Serving for 1 person
Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used medicinally for centuries, as a means of protection for warding off illness. It has many health supporting benefits, backed up by extensive research. Scientific evidence, as early as the 1800’s, supports the claim that bacteria died when coming into contact with it.
More recent research shows that garlic also strengthens the immune system and kills illness causing viruses and bacteria, as it boosts the number of T-cells in the bloodstream. This soup which contains a full bulb of garlic, onions, thyme and lemon will destroy almost any virus that gets in its way including colds, flu and even the dreaded norovirus. As it’s such a quick soup, it’s also something you can throw together while you’re under the weather. When the garlic is crushed, the constituent alliin becomes allicin. This is what gives it its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powers, so make sure you crush the cloves!
Coconut oil for frying
3 white onions chopped
An inch of fresh ginger crushed
FULL bulb of garlic chopped
1 chilli chopped
500ml of vegetable stock
A handful of thyme, parsley & chives
Good glug of oat cream
Good squish of lemon
Fry the onions in coconut oil for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the ginger, garlic and chili and fry for a minute. Add the stock and herbs and cook for 5 minutes. Blend then add the oat cream and lemon. I eat this all in one go to really strengthen my immune system and kill off any bugs.
If you’re worried about bad breath, munching on raw parsley after eating this soup will neutralise your breath, due to it containing high levels of chlorophyll which has antibacterial and deodorizing properties.
This recipe has kindly been submitted by Zoé Wild, a medical herbalist, teacher, maker & Positively Vegan Magazine team member
based in Preston.
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