The Chinese people have been drinking ginseng tea for about five thousand years. Practitioners in Chinese herbal medicine say if you are over 40, you should drink a cup of ginseng tea daily or whenever you aren’t feeling well.
Ginseng isn’t a quick fix. It’s something you have to take over time. Tea made from ginseng can have a rejuvenating effect on the mind and body. It is said to increase strength and stamina and make a person feel young.
Ginseng tea can not only improve your body, but your mind as well. It is widely used to increase mental power and memory. Many students drink ginseng tea while studying.
Ginseng is an adaptogen. It helps bring your body back to it’s natural balance. It provides protection against stresses of all kinds, either mental or physical.
When making ginseng tea, you have a couple of choices to make. Do you want to use Korean (Panax) ginseng or American (Panax quinquefolius) ginseng? Korean ginseng is best used in the cold months as it has warming properties and is more stimulating than American ginseng. American ginseng is best taken in the hotter months as it is considered cooling. American ginseng is better suited for taking long term, as it is less stimulating then Korean ginseng. The best American ginseng comes from Wisconsin.
The very best ginseng tea is made from the fresh root, but powered and dried root is much easier to obtain and is what most people use. While you can buy ginseng tea bags at the grocery store, you’ll be better off buying the root and making your own tea from fresh ginseng root.
- Take a very sharp knife or potato peeler and cut the fresh root into the thinnest shavings you can manage.
- Take about 1 tablespoon of these shavings and put them in a metal tea ball. You can buy one at any grocery store.
- bring water to a boil and then turn off heat. Let the water cool for about two minutes.
- Pour water into tea cup. Sink tea ball into cup. Let it steep for five minutes. Longer if you like stronger tea.
- Remove tea ball and enjoy. You may eat the ginseng shavings in the tea ball for extra benefit.
Use hot water, not boiling. Boiling water can destroy some of the beneficial chemicals in ginseng. That’s why you bring the water to a boil first and then let it cool down before using.
Many online health stores offer fresh ginseng already sliced. Get this if you can. Ask for the smallest slices possible. When you use these to make your tea, just put around seven slices into your tea ball and let steep for five minutes or longer. The slices can also be eaten after making the tea. You may also mix other types of tea or honey into your ginseng tea to make the taste to your liking. Green tea is often mixed with ginseng for a really healthy tea.
The finer you can make the pieces of ginseng the faster your tea will brew. If you use the loose, dried powder though, you’ll have to put it in empty tea bags, as it will fall through the holes in the tea ball.
That’s all there is to it. It so simple to make and so good for you. Why not try some ginseng tea instead of coffee in the morning and see what a difference it makes in your day.
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