Recipe: Sick Day Broth

It’s official: I have the Flu.

I don’t handle being sick well. I have studying to do, errands to run, and countless other things that seem to pile up by the minute. The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali tell us that compassion towards others is an important step towards stilling the mind. Remembering that this also includes compassion towards ourselves can sometimes be the hardest lesson of all.

When I’m feeling under the weather, I try to reach for remedies that are both nourishing and therapeutic. I try to take plenty of hot baths with tumeric and mustard, dry brush my skin, and do my utmost to stay hydrated. Phở, a Vietnamese soup make with beneficial herbs, is always at the top of my list when it comes to home remedies that work. Here in rural Illinois, however, finding it can oftentimes be a real challenge. So, in the spirit of self-sufficiency, I’ve come up with a vegetarian broth that is greatly inspired by this amazing dish. Infused with nasal clearing, warming ingredients, it’s the perfect quick remedy for an ailing body. Feel free to add noodles. vegetables, tofu, or anything else you have at hand.

Sick Day Broth


  • 1 32oz. container Organic Vegetable Broth with no added salt

  • 2 Cloves Garlic - peeled and smashed

  • 1 in. Fresh Ginger - peeled and sliced

  • 2 Cardamom Pods - smashed

  • 1 Star Anise

  • 2 tsp. Fennel

  • 2 tsp. Ceylon Cinnamon

  • 2 tsp. Coriander

  • 3 tsp. Sriracha (or more to taste)


  1. Combine all spices into muslin bag and tie closed. Place in saucepan.

  2. Add Vegetable Stock, and bring to a simmer.

  3. After 5 minutes, remove from heat and pour desired amount into a mug or bowl, depending on your preferences.

  4. Refrigerate remaining broth. To reheat, simply warm on the stove!