This is a wonderful healing soup to make to help resolve chronic constipation. If you take it only 3-4 times a week you will be significantly be helping your body to have more regular bowel movements. A blessing for pregnant women.
The dried fruit will give you a compote that lasts longer in the fridge, but you can also add canned or fresh fruit if you only have that available. You don’t have to drink a lot. Just a little cup in the evening. Okay to freeze.
The important thing is that it is warm. Best with herbs that match the season. Cinnamon and/or cloves is great for the winter; mint is good for the spring and summer. Vanilla can be added in any season.
Yield: 8-10 servings
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Can be stored in the fridge for a week
(you are starting with a pound of dried fruit)
- ¼ pound of dried figs
- ¼ cup Goji Berries (little red dates), seedless raisins, or cranberries
- ½ pound of your choice: dried pears, peaches, apricots, apples *
- ¼ cup of rock sugar or raw sugar (optional – may be sweet enough without it )
- 1 lemon quartered
- 2 cups of prune juice
- 4 cups of water
- Cinnamon Stick, 1 tsp. of vanilla, and/or a whole clove.
*Note: if you use canned pears or peaches, get light syrup and use the juice in place of some of the water
IMPORTANT: IF YOU ARE HAVING HOT FLASHES OR FEELING VERY WARM USE VANILLA OR MINT, BUT NOT CINNAMON OR CLOVE (TOO WARMING).
In a large pot or in a crockpot: combine fruits, clove, cinnamon stick and optional sugar. You may find that the natural sugar of the fruit and the sweet prune juice makes the taste sweet enough. Bring almost to a boil over medium heat, cover, lower heat and simmer until tender (about 30 minutes). Remove lemons, clove and cinnamon stick (If you cook in a crockpot it will take about 6 hours until the fruit is soft).
Drink a tea cup of this warm compote before bed. Refrigerate what is left. Warm up a cup and drink late in the evening each night.