Immune Support Soup

Source: Original recipe by Debra Brammer, ND, Bastyr’s associate clinical dean of naturopathic medicine


The warming qualities of ginger can help heat you from the inside-out, making it an ideal ingredient for immune-support foods. Debra Brammer, ND, clinical dean of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, presented this recipe during a talk called "Herbs to Support Immunity," part of the 2011 Living Naturally fall lecture series at the clinic. Watch the talk in its entirety and view Dr. Brammer’s other immune-boosting other recipes via the article “Bastyr Dean Shares Recipes for Immunity.”


1 quart
miso, chicken, vegetable or mushroom broth
1 small
yellow onion, chopped
3 tbsp
grated fresh ginger root (or use as little as 1 teaspoon, to taste)
5 clove
garlic, chopped or crushed (or use as little as 1 clove, to taste)
1⁄2 cup
shiitake mushrooms, sliced
lemon, juiced
carrot, grated
3 tbsp
fresh, minced parsley
lemongrass (if desired)


Combine the broth, onion, ginger, garlic, mushrooms and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice, carrot, parsley and lemongrass if using. Put cover on pan and steam for 5 minutes. Remove lemongrass before serving; eat up to 4 times a day.