I originally put these vegetables into a soup as a healthy way to clean out my body. It all started when I got the smallest imaginable cut on my finger, right at the cuticle. I didn’t even realize I had it and I went about my business that day. Playing with the dog, messing around underneath the and generally just getting my hands dirty. This cut was so small it was practically invisible. I of course washed my hands when I got home, but I didn’t use anything like Neosporin. The next day when I woke up I noticed the area was slightly red and my knuckle hurt in an odd way. By mid afternoon I felt terrible. I had a fever of 103 and my hand really hurt. The small red area now encompassed my entire finger and part of my hand. The scariest thing was a thin red line moving up my hand to just above my wrist. I never had blood poisoning before, but I knew this wasn’t right or good in any way.
The next thing I realize is I’m in the emergency room and the nurse is giving me shots of penicillin and tetanus. After that it was an IV with more penicillin. By this time the red line was slowly progressing from my wrist up my arm and they had to get this infection stopped now, after that it was two more weeks of antibiotics.
So everything is fine and healing and then I get odd pains and swelling in my arm, the doctor tells me that it is probably a reaction to all of the antibiotics, the infection and possibly the tetanus shot. I decided I needed to clean my body out of all of the medications and blood infection. And since antibiotics are very bad on the digestive system I had to help it also. What I needed were vegetables to clean and help my liver, kidneys, blood and digestive system.
Onions purify the blood. Daikon, also known as a Japanese radish helps the liver and digestive system function properly. Celery improves the detoxification of the body and gets rid of excess mucus in the body, which can also accumulate in the digestive tract and hinder it. Barley (not pearled barley) is also very good for the liver and the skin.
I put those vegetables into a soup, it can be a vegan soup and it is low sodium as well. Of course you can add all kinds of vegetables and noodles to the soup, red potatoes to make it thicker. You can use udon noodles or orzo instead of barley. This is a very healing soup.
Vegetable Soup Recipe
- This is for a large pot, the pot I use holds 14 cups of water. (3.5 quarts.)
- 2 Yellow Onions chopped.
- 1 Daikon sliced or chopped.
- 1 Bunch of celery, sliced.
- 2 lbs Carrots, sliced.
- 1 qt vegetable broth, chicken broth works just as well. I used vegetable broth to make it vegetarian.
- At this point I add more chicken “flavoring” and have tried different cubes and powders. For a vegan soup, you can find non-chicken chicken powder in bulk. I have found this at health food stores like Sunflower Markets. Using this type you will have to use more, maybe 1/2 cup. You can use something like Wyler’s chicken broth powder which comes in both low-sodium and no sodium. If you use the Wyler’s powder or something similar then start with 2 tablespoons.
- 1? cups of barley
- ? teaspoon of salt plus or minus to taste,
- Put all the vegetables in the pot,
- Add all of the broth into the pot.
- Fill the rest of the pot with water.
- Put in the Pearl Barley now.
- Bring to a boil and let boil for 3-5 minutes,
- Then simmer for a couple of hours or when the vegetables are soft enough for your liking.
With this type of soup you can play around with it until you find the right combinations of vegetables and seasonings.