Bone Densi-Tea Soup for Bone Building – The Renegade Health Show Episode #327

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Jeff has been hanging with us up to Northern CA and has given us some good ideas for raw food recipes and meals…

This bone density soup or “bone densi-tea soup” is a combination of Jeff’s elixir skills and Annmarie’s soup making prowess.

Check it out… (promise I won’t talk over anyone 🙂 )

Your question of the day: What other teas can you use with raw food soups or smoothies?

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comments now!

Here’s the raw food recipe…


6 cups spring water
1/3 oz of Nettle Leaf
1/3 oz Oatstraw
1/3 oz Horsetail

Bone-Densi-Tea Soup

1 cup Tea
5-6 leafs of kale
1/2 large avocado
1 juice of a small lemon
3 inch Fennel
2 cloves garlic
1/2 small onion
3 large stalks of celery
sea salt to taste
cayenne to taste

For the Tea:
Combine all ingredients in pot. Heat to 145-150 for 20 min, let steep for an hour. Drain out leaves.

For Soup:
Combine all ingredients in blender, except a small handful of onions, celery, sea salt and cayenne. Blend until smooth. Add in others and briefly chopping for some chunkiness.

Thanks to Jeff for the idea 🙂

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Dede says:

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY 2ND ANNIVERSARY to my two VERY favorite people!! Big HUG, Dede

  2. susan says:

    Hello Kevin and Annmarie I love the recipe for the bonidesitea. I am going to the website now. Take care

  3. Cheryl Chow says:

    Clever name! Sounds like terrific recipes! I’m collecting raw recipes that’re easy and simple to make. These two look like they’d be especially good so I think I’m going to make them right away–as soon as I get the ingredients.

    Thanks for posting them!

  4. Pat the Irondoll says:

    Happy Anniversary, Kev and Annmarie! Just so you know, SHE is the prize! Don’t forget that, Annmarie! (I love her passion for food prep!)

    Sorry to miss the Harmony Fest…went every year for years when Bob, a raw foodie, and I were a couple. I would’ve loved for that to last for years!

    Re tea, thanks for the idea. My girlfriend created wonderful tea drinks in the early ’80s….tea and fruit juices…really original. I also made tea with cold water. Two bags in a 1-gallon glass container with one sweet and low…OK, that was a long time ago.

    Re tea smoothie, howabout cinnamon tea with apple/spinach/green stevia/tumeric(ginger?)…

    I’m drinking my green soup right now: broccoli, tomatoes, onions, green onions, celery, bitter greens, lemon juice, and homemade salad…yum!

  5. Pat the Irondoll says:

    CORRECTION: homemade salsa

  6. natasha says:

    Pau D’arco is awesome to use as a tea base for a smoothie!!

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  7. This tea/ green soup recipe looks yummy. I just printed this out to try later..

    Happy Anniversary to both of you..

    I hope to see you this weekend at the Harmoy Festival. I am going on Sunday and look forward to hearing Michael Beckwith at 2:30..

    Hugs, Marina

  8. CINDY says:

    happy anniversary

  9. Monika says:

    Happy anniversary!!!

  10. Tirza says:

    Love your cute enthusiastic videos! I enjoyed the session on elixers and decoctions.
    Interesting that you should mention using a centrifugal juicer to separate out pulp from juices etc.
    I just wrote to two different sites asking if they thought that doing that would cause significant oxidation. It goes through very quickly, but still. I haven’t gotten an answer from either of them, so perhaps you know or can find out.
    40 years ago I was making my own soy milks, nut milks and tofu using this method. I blended the soybeans or nuts in my Osterizer with water until it was slushy. Meanwhile, I loaded up my Atlas juicer with a long cellulose filter strip, turned it on, and then poured the slush slowly through the feed tube. Out came the most grit-free, smooth milk, and stuck to the filter was very dry pulp which I sometimes used in recipes. It made tofu-making a total breeze.
    I was looking at the Juice Feasting site as well as some other sites on YouTube showing juice making with a blender and nutmilk bag rather than with an expensive juicer. I have pretty much every kind of juicer known to man 😉 but I thought I’d try it. WOW what a mess. I just couldn’t stand taking all that time squeezing that bag and getting drips all over and all the other mess it caused. I ended up using 3 machines just to try to get the pulp separated, and was late for work with a messy kitchen.
    The next few days I just didn’t do any juice.
    THAT is when I got my husband to dig out my old centrifugal juicer.
    So unless someone can tell me that it is going to oxidize my juice too much, that is what I’ll be doing now.
    Keep it up, you two.

  11. Tirza says:

    As an aside:
    I wouldn’t be making tofu anymore, but I mentioned it to illustrate how I used the method to make a tedious process much easier. Just a rinse of the blender jar and the juicer, and all was ready for next session. Now that’s my style!

  12. Sterling McVay says:

    Sounds like an interesting idea combining the Tea Elixir with a soup. Just to Encourage you, it was difficult to here Jeff. I’m an Audio guy, so just wanted to encourage you to do a mini-trial run on levels when doing a vid.

  13. Jennifer says:


  14. Jennifer says:

    PS: I’ve used Green Tea as a base in Green tea Smoothies before but, I bet Peppermint tea could be nice.

  15. Sara says:

    Wow… I have used tea as a base of all my green soups for years. Didn’t know it was a “thing”.

    I use whatever tea I have going; usually some kind of fennel/cinnamon/ginger/minth/dandelion/nettle/camomille/white tea/whatever is on my mind (and in my cubbord) for the day.

    You use oatstraw. Oat is a cultivaded grain – so where do you find oatstraw?

    I will defenetly try horsetail! Has just realised it as something I should eat!

    And happy aniversary to you both! Didn’t know you where so “new” to eachother. Good luck with the rest of your jurney! 🙂

  16. greg says:

    Yeah Peppermint rocks! You can also add things to the mint tea to enhance the base, like the zest of lemon, orange or other citrus and maybe some goji.

    Another great to tea to use as a base is Hyssop, one of my absolute favorites. I must say Daniel Vitalis is quite inspiring across the board, I would love to see him put out a elixir recipe book but I know he doesn’t do much measuring, but I think the idea of just understanding what combos are possible would be worth it enough.

  17. Anthony Michael says:

    Looks like a green smoothy to me, but I like the idea of putting a tea in a smoothy instead of straight water to reinforce the taste and nutrition… great idea… have to try this out.

  18. susie says:

    If it’s ok with you guys and Jeff, I’m going to share this recipe in my free monthly newsletter with a link to you video.
    Love, Susie

  19. Lori says:

    When I use to live on 25 “organic” acres I would dig up and soak dandelion roots every spring to make a water/tea/spring tonic and that can be used as a base, it’s taste is very neutral and it’s benefits huge. Thanks for prompting me back into herbs,I use to also order lbs at a time from Frontier Herbs and recently found them again in the bulk section of a local food store – yahoo! Happpy anniversary! Go listen to George Noory at the Harmony Festival!

  20. How much tea should one drink a day to help with ones bones.

  21. Tirza says:

    As part of a prevention plan, I have been using green tea or powdered Matcha tea as a green smoothie base.

    Mint sounds great, although one could just add raw mint leaves if they have them.

    This reminds me a bit of Ann Wigmore using Rejuvelac for the base of her Energy Soup.

    I do a savory kind of Borscht Energy Soup with beets, tomatoes, celery, lemon, spinach, maybe sprouts, plus a few nuts for creaminess, and adding things like parsley, seaweeds, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, dillweed or other herbs.

    The more nutrients in there the better, yes?

  22. Jason says:

    Pau’darco, Cats Claw, Cinnamon Bark, Star Anise and Black Pepper for a Morning drink decoction base.

    Bring to a boil first, then I let it cool to about 165 degrees. I put all the barks in a coffee grinder and pulse it enough to open up or shred the barks a bit and then add them to the water. I simmer the barks super low for an hour to two hours. Then I let it cool and put in the fridge, still in the decocting vessel.

    The next morning, in the blender, I use this tea base with frozen blueberries, raspberries, amybe some frozen cherries, hemp protein powder, fresh ground flax seed, 2 tbls. of chia seeds (soaked in 14oz of water for 20 mins. to get it to gel) and handfull of dried nettles. Works great for me!

  23. John Thornley says:

    Congratulations, may your marriage live on for a century. Youth is a fleeting experience; your going to have a lot of good conversations now and good memories when you become elderly.

    Here is a quote from Bertrand Russell:

    Man is condemned today to lose his dearest tomorrow, he himself to pass through the gate of darkness. Until the final blow falls what remains to cherish are the lofty thoughts that enoble his little day.

  24. Chris & Sara says:

    Aloha Loves,

    Happy Anniversary~ You guys are an amazing couple. Rare to see these days. 🙂

    Happy to know you. Cheers to many more…

    Sara & Chris

  25. Tammy says:

    Thanks for the new recipe`Bone Densi-Tea`soup.Always looking for new blender recipes.Hope to see new clips of the next festival.Thanks and have fun!

  26. Mary says:

    Blessed blissful anniversary to AnnMarie and Kevin!

    Thanks for sharing the bonedenitea recipe in text format, since Jeff’s voice was nearly inaudible. That’s a problem with mosts guests. They are not allowed to get close to the mic. Loudest voice is the giggling of Kevin. Sorry.

  27. Smita says:

    happy anniversary!!!

  28. ida margrethe says:

    Oh yes, this was a refreshing show, I’m always interested in new ways to consume my tea!
    I’m suggesting using Matcha as a base – its japanese powdered green tea and i tthink it has a really fun flavour!

    Bob Garon just posted this recipe the other day (its more like a smoothie tho..):
    Chuck all of these in a blender:
    2 cups of brewed organic green tea… Read More
    1 cup of kale
    1 cucumber
    2 cups of ice
    1 cup of carrots
    1 tbl maca/hemp/cacao blend powder
    1 scoop of Alive cinnamon-apple rice protein
    1 tbl psyllium
    1 tbl macha sweet green tea powder
    1 cup of organic light coconut milk
    4 tbl of Agave
    2 additional cups of ice
    – Add some mint for freshness.

    I have not tried it, but it sounds interesting.
    Btw, happy anniversary! :]

  29. Nick says:

    I’d like to ask what’s most stumping me these days. Why have my knees have gone weak & painful at times beginning about a month & a 1/2 after going all but all raw?

    Last year I had my worst knee injury ever, but was successful using rehab techniques learned from well over a decade of taiji & qigong study, prax & teaching. I’ve had a few months free of pain & from favouring that knee. Now suddenly both my knees are weak & I can only see it as connected to my radical change in diet.

    Previously my diet did waffle between vegan & lacto-ovo vegetarian. But all raw vegan feels SO much different, generally better except for this one prob with my knees.

    In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) they say the condition of the teeth outwardly reflect the inward condition of the bones–important since they didn’t have X-rays nor MRI’s. I’ve read here & elsewhere comments of dental problems resulting from having gone raw. Interestingly, tooth decay is usually blamed on sugar intake as well as cocaine & crystal meth use. So it’s not just the topical effects of sugar causing an ideal acidic breeding ground for bacteria, but the systemic probs too, the whiplash effect on the pancreas adversely effecting the teeth from within. So anything that jacks us up undercuts our base, also compromises our immunity.

    What then might it be that’s missing from my diet that would undergird my being, resetting & maintaining a strong foundation from my knees all the way up to my teeth? …actually just my knees. My teeth feel better than almost ever since about 2 weeks ago when I began oil pulling every morning.
    Most Thanks, Nick

  30. natalya says:

    Happy Anniversary, dear Annmarie and Kevin!
    Thank God that you found each other!
    Wishing you long-long life together and lots of very cute children!
    We love you!

  31. Steveorino says:

    Annmarie and Kevin,
    Happy Anniversary to both of you!
    I wish you a long life together.

  32. Mindy says:

    Happy Anniversary! Our two year anniversary was a day before yours 🙂 Have not tried too many teas, but will look forward to making this one.

  33. Pery says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both!. Is the temperature in Fehrenheit or Celcius?.

  34. Eileen says:

    Let your anniversary celebration continue…

    This is a great show – loved the recipe. You always make kitchen time so much fun.

  35. sara says:

    leftover oatstraw afternoon or evening tea,
    or oatstraw infusion if you’ve made it,
    is fantastic in soups.
    leftover morning pau d’arco tea is great in smoothies.
    leftover catsclaw iced suntea tastes really good in smoothies
    and green juice creations omg.
    we like a kindof light sunbrewed catsclaw tea.
    it is also really good
    with some lemon verbena, lemon balm and/or lemongrass
    -herbs known as “the refridgerants” – great in the heat on ice.
    with or without the mint.
    and the
    catsclaw sunteas are also wonderful in gazpachos, and melon soups,
    and dips.

  36. Hannah says:

    Happy 2 year Anniversary Kevin and Annmarie. You guys are a lovely and inspirational couple.

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