Bieler’s Vegetable Broth Recipe (For Detox & Cleansing)

Katie Wells Avatar

Reading Time: 3 minutes

This post contains affiliate links.

Read my affiliate policy.

How to Make Bielers Vegetable Broth -For Detox & Cleansing
Wellness Mama » Blog » Recipes » Bieler’s Vegetable Broth Recipe (For Detox & Cleansing)

A few times a year, when the kids grow or the seasons change (as they inevitably do), I have to climb into the dark abyss of our attic to find the next sizes of clothes for their capsule wardrobes. Two hours later they all have neatly organized, new (hand-me-down) wardrobes and I’m sneezing like crazy.

Those days remind me of my one remaining allergy — dust. And it is a doozy!

I can power through childbirth no problem (I’ve had enough practice) or push through a 20-mile hike, but dust reduces me to a sneezing pile of grumpiness.

Bieler’s Vegetable Broth to the Rescue

I’ve gotten better about using an air filter when cleaning or switching out clothes in the attic. I also take some allergy remedies and they help a lot. But when the dust or hay fever gets bad, I pull out my go-to recipe for some Bieler’s vegetable broth (and sneak in a few extra allergy soothing ingredients).

What is Bieler’s Vegetable Broth?

I first heard about this vegetable broth in the book Nourishing Traditions. Bieler’s broth was invented by a doctor named Henry Beiler as a medicinal soup to help promote healing and detoxification in the body. Dr. Bieler claimed that this soup would help restore the correct acid/alkaline balance in the body. He speculated that it also helped balance the sodium/potassium levels in the body.

Benefits of Bieler’s Vegetable Broth

I personally love the taste of this vegetable based broth, though it certainly isn’t as flavorful as my favorite garlic soup. The benefits of this vegetable broth are in its nourishing qualities and not its taste. This broth is used in many cleanses and detox protocols. Cancer patients often use it for an easy source of nourishment that is easy on the stomach. I use it to calm down my allergies (see my tip for an add-in below).

I also turn to this recipe during illness. The high vitamin C and K content make it great for supporting the immune system.

This Broth Traditionally Contains

  • Zucchini – A natural source of potassium and sodium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6
  • String beans – Also a good source of sodium and potassium, as well as chromium, phosphorus, and choline
  • Celery – Excellent source of vitamin K, potassium, folate, and pantothenic acid (B vitamins)
  • Parsley – A multivitamin in a single plant! Parsley is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin C, antioxidants, and beneficial volatile oils. It is said to be cleansing and nourishing to the body.

And I Often Add …

The true “Bieler’s Broth” recipe contains only the ingredients above and it is wonderful just like that. When allergies hit, I add a few extra ingredients to help calm them down. These are all optional, but add flavor and additional nutrients.

  • Nettle – I love nettle and it is one of my natural remedies for allergies. When possible, I add a few leaves of wild harvested nettle to this broth. It grows on our land, so it is easy to find during the warmer months. I also harvest and freeze some for winter months.
  • Dandelion – Known as a liver cleansing herb, I like to add dandelion to this broth as well. Dandelion greens seem to help my allergies and are great for the skin. I harvest these from our yard too and freeze some in ice cube trays for winter months.
  • Garlic – Adds great flavor, but also benefits the body in many ways.

How to Make Bieler’s Vegetable Broth

This broth is quick and easy to make. Gather the ingredients above and you can make it in under half an hour. Here’s how:

How to Make Bielers Vegetable Broth -For Detox & Cleansing

Bieler’s Vegetable Broth Recipe (For Detox & Cleansing)

Make Bieler’s vegetable broth; a soothing and nourishing broth that is packed with nutrients. Simple ingredients like celery, green beans, zucchini, and parsley provide nutrients and promote cleansing and detoxification. Plus, it tastes good!
Calories 56kcal
Author Katie Wells


8 cups


  • 4 cups water
  • 3 medium zucchini (roughly chopped)
  • 4 stalks celery (roughly chopped)
  • 1 lb string beans
  • 1 bunch parsley (stems removed)
  • ¼ cup nettle leaf (optional)
  • ¼ cup dandelion greens (optional)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (optional)


  • Place water, celery, zucchini, string beans, and nettle, dandelion, and garlic if using in a large pot and bring to a boil. 
  • Boil for about 10 minutes or until all vegetables are bright green and tender.
  • Remove from heat and add parsley. 
  • Use an immersion blender or food processor to blend until smooth.


Nutrition Facts
Bieler's Vegetable Broth Recipe (For Detox & Cleansing)
Amount Per Serving (1 .5 cups)
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.5g1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Sodium 43mg2%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 5.1g21%
Sugar 3.6g4%
Protein 3.6g7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For a more nourishing and filling soup, use broth instead of water. Feel free to add any desired spices, though for illness and allergies, I find that the bland and basic soup seems most calming. 

Like this recipe? Check out my new cookbook, or get all my recipes (over 500!) in a personalized weekly meal planner here!

What are your remedies for allergies and illness? Share with me below!

Katie Wells Avatar

About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


37 responses to “Bieler’s Vegetable Broth Recipe (For Detox & Cleansing)”

  1. Carol L Avatar

    “The point of this soup is not really about being flavorful. It’s about restoring health to the adrenals and liver. That said, the soup doesn’t taste bad. It’s actually quite pleasant, but a little bland as you guessed.
    What is interesting though is that Dr. Bieler actually very specifically wrote never to add garlic or onions to this. I guess my point is that if you are using this soup to heal, leave it is written. If you want to serve it to guests, sauté some onion in olive oil before adding the green vegetables and add sea salt to taste”. https://pamelasalzman.com/bielers-broth-a-healing-restorative-soup-recipe/
    Also, if you have Histamine Intolerance, I would NOT add bone broth to this as bone broth (as well as all other foods consumed to help heal leaky gut; ie: fermented foods) are foods that are high in histamines

  2. Lola Avatar

    I was a Bieler patient as a child, and the Bieler’s broth recipe he gave our family was: equal parts green beans, celery, and zuchini. Cook in distilled water (the best he could suggest during the 60’s for most people since pure, clean water was not in general vogue, so neither were water purifiers, etc.) until just tender but not until they turn olive green. Put in blender and add a handful of parsley and a tablespoon of butter. (the butter helps the body access a nutrient in the green beans). Add liquid from cooking the veggies until you get the consistency you want, and blend. He did NOT add onions, garlic, potato peels (they have pesticidal toxins) or anything else. It is other people who have added those things to the recipe. They do make it taste better but they are not part of the recipe he gave out. I sometimes ate 2 cups 3 times a day. When I make it, the equal parts I use are 2 cups of each of the veggies, then cook them in enough water to come to about one inch below the tops of the veggies in the pan. It seems to take about 15 minutes to cook them once they come to a good simmer.

  3. Rosemarie Savary Avatar
    Rosemarie Savary

    The original Bieler’s broth also had potato peels in it. AND you strained all the veggies out. (Might be the fasting version. The only way I’ve made it since I was always fasting)I have been making it for 40 yrs. I swear by it. I am on day 8 of my fast. 1st 7 days, water only. I am so looking forward to my broth tonight. 7 days on Bieler’s plus homemade green drinks NO fruit. Last 7 days purée veggies you strained out of broth and add back to broth plus green drinks w/a slice of apple or mango or pineapple in it. I use Paul Bragg’s method to break the fast(3 days). GREAT Spring cleaning??
    PS: I also pressure cook my broth 4 min.

  4. kerry Avatar

    Hello. I am looking for a detoxifying cleanse. I would like to try this soup but am curious how it’s used. Meaning, do I drink this 3x a day for three days etc? Thank you.

    1. Andrea Avatar

      I don’t know if this is the intended consumption but it made about a gallon of soup for me and I just ate a big bowl everyday with lunch for a week. It may just be a coincidence, but I had SO much energy that week!!! So I bought more to make this weekend for the coming week so see if it has the same effect. I highly recommend it! If nothing else, my body recognized it as quality fuel and appreciated the extra dose of greens!

  5. Andrea Avatar

    I made a booboo, didn’t read the directions and put the parsley in to boil. Do you know if this will affect the outcome as far as flavor or nutritional value? 🙁

  6. Danielle Avatar

    Do the vegetables have to be boiled first? I have a vitamix blender and I’m wondering if I could just add them as is and heat the soup? Any benefit to doing raw?

  7. Sierra Plumley Avatar
    Sierra Plumley

    Hi Katie, how do you harvest dandelions from your yard? What parts do you use? How do you get enough? Thanks!

    1. Andreea Avatar

      Do you recommend this during pregnancy? Without some of the spices?

  8. Allie Avatar

    5 stars
    I have a sensitive digestive tract. This recipe sounds wonderful when I have a flare up. I made it with an avocado and drizzled organic evoo on top.

  9. Ruth Avatar

    I would also add cilantro to the broth. In addition to its delicious flavor, cilantro is a detoxifying and anti-inflammatory, protects against salmonella, increases HDL cholesterol and reduces LDL cholesterol, relieves stomach gas and helps prevent flatulence, wards off urinary tract infections, helps reduce feelings of nausea, eases menstrual hormonal mood swings and cramping, is a good source of iron and magnesium, and helps ease conjunctivitis, eye-aging, macular degeneration, and other stressors on the eyes.

  10. Tracy Avatar

    What would you consider a medium zucchini. I have many shredded and frozen in 2 cup batches, would you be able to guess the weight instead?

    1. Emilia Rosa Avatar
      Emilia Rosa

      I had rosacea and the use of bromelain created a small red dot on my face. Consider that if you have rosacea.

  11. Janene Avatar

    Other than acquiring nettle and dandelion in season, can you purchase these ingredients in powder form someplace? Thanks!
    P.S. I love reading your emails every day!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating