As the seasons change we see lots of clients and our wider community reaching out for support with their immune health for themselves and their family. From the common cold to flus, we see it all!

Immunity begins with strong foundations like diet so we asked Naturopath and Director at GHE Leisa why she often recommends bone broth to her clients, particularly during the seasonal transition into the colder months. And for our plant based community? Leisa has shared a special vegan alternative broth recipe so make sure to read on.

From a naturopathic perspective, bone broth is often recommended as a dietary addition during seasonal transitions due to its potential health benefits. Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue for an extended period of time, typically for several hours or even days. This process helps to extract various nutrients and minerals from the bones and connective tissue, such as collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, and chondroitin.

During seasonal transitions, the body may need additional support to adapt to changes in temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors. Bone broth is believed to provide several health benefits that can help support the body during these transitions, including:

1. Boosting the immune system: Bone broth contains various nutrients, such as zinc, selenium, and magnesium, that can help support the immune system and protect against illnesses.

2. Reducing inflammation: The amino acids found in bone broth, such as glycine and proline, have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation in the body.

3. Supporting gut health: The collagen and gelatin found in bone broth can help support gut health by improving digestion and reducing inflammation in the gut.

4. Promoting healthy skin and joints: The collagen and other nutrients found in bone broth can help support healthy skin, hair, and nails, as well as joint health.

Our range of bone/vegetable broth concentrates and powders you can find in-store.

Overall, bone broth is considered a nourishing and supportive food that can be beneficial during seasonal transitions. However, it is important to note that individual dietary needs may vary and it is always recommended to consult with a qualified health practitioner before making any significant changes to your diet.

And for our plant based friends, there are plenty of alternatives that work a treat. Come in store and we will work out what is best for you! 

You can also make the below broth at home:


– 1 onion, chopped

– 2 carrots, chopped

– 2 celery stalks, chopped

– 1 garlic clove, minced

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– 1 teaspoon dried thyme

– 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

– 1 teaspoon dried sage

– 1 bay leaf

– 8 cups water

– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

– 1 teaspoon sea salt


1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic, and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until the vegetables are fragrant and beginning to soften.

2. Add the thyme, rosemary, sage, and bay leaf to the pot, and stir to combine.

3. Pour in the water and apple cider vinegar, and add the sea salt. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.

4. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the broth simmer for 1-2 hours, until the vegetables are very soft and the broth is flavorful.

5. Once the broth is done, strain out the vegetables and discard them. Store the broth in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.

This vegan bone broth alternative is a great source of vitamins and minerals, and can be used in soups, stews, or as a base for other dishes. It can also be sipped on its own for a nutritious and warming beverage.

Need More Support?

Leisa Blanch Supports a wide range of clients, from anxiety and stress, general kids health, hormones, autoimmune, heart issues, sluggishness and tumours. Leisa also runs a detox program and is great at getting you back on track, and supporting a nourishing lifestyle (with a particular interest in plant-based).

Irene McGowan With a special interest in neurodivergence, Irene loves investigating, is great with testing, excellent with kids and adults alike.

Caitlin (currently practicing online) Has a particular interest in gut health, hormones and skin. Although most consults will be online (and in person when back visiting family or when she is eventually back for good…), she is well supported with our team in store to ensure you have everything you need.

Ellie Fisher With a particular interest in fertility, pregnancy, post partum, general women’s health and everything that comes with it – the fatigue, sleep issues, stress and burnout.

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We can always help to select who would be right for you – either send an email, come in or call the clinic on 03 5428 4484 for assistance.

We would love to have the opportunity to continue assisting you on your journey to optimal health.