The use of Ginseng for health benefits is not at all new. It has always had its place among integral elements of Chinese medicine. Ginseng, or so-called man-root, has been used as a herbal remedy for about 5000 years.
The plant has a light color, and the root is often bifurcated or fork-shaped. The stalk is relatively longer than the roots, and the leaves are oval-shaped in green. It grows slowly and can be divided into varieties based on the harvesting time: fresh, white, or red.
The Ginseng harvested before four years is referred to as fresh. The white variety is achieved by harvesting the plant between 4-6 years, and when it is harvested after six years, we get the red Ginseng. Among the many Asian and American herbs, the Panax quinquefolius and Panax Ginseng, respectively, are widely used in health care. The predominant effect of American Ginseng is in relaxing the body. On the other hand, Asian Ginseng has a revitalizing effect on our bodies.
What is Ginseng Tea?
Even if you are not a herbal-tea-enthusiast, you cannot be unknown to Ginseng tea. Why? Mainly due to its history in health care and its health-promoting benefits, it has become a household name. Everyone has it, if not at the front, some way down in the cabinet. Unlike many other teas prepared from the leaves of a plant, Ginseng tea is made from Ginseng root.
It is a caffeine-free tea and is loaded with many benefits. Asian Ginseng is more commonly used to make tea. Taking Ginseng through tea is the best option to unlock all the health benefits it hosts. But the Ginseng tea is not made of its root alone. It also contains jujube fruits and Korean Chestnuts. To extract all the essence of the nuts, roots, and fruits, they are decocted over low heat for several hours.
How do you get Ginseng tea?
The Ginseng we get today is mainly from the farms. Very scarcely do we find the original wild species. These days you can also get it in powdered form along with its other ingredients. Otherwise, the commonly used is the un-powdered form inside tea bags or free. The powdered form is evenly packed for a single serving in foil packets. Although it is easy and quick to make with the powder, most people still prefer the dried version.
In the market, you get it (Asian Ginseng) in two varieties, red and white. Both these differ based on ways of processing. White Ginseng is obtained by sun-drying fresh Ginseng, whereas to get the red Ginseng, it is first steamed and then dried. To understand it better, we can think of black and green tea. Both are prepared from the same plant but are processed differently.
How much caffeine do you get by taking Ginseng tea?
Ginseng tea is a caffeine-free tea, and you get no caffeine through it. So what good does it do without caffeine? Even without caffeine, Ginseng tea is ideal for reducing fatigue and boosting mental and physical performance. Its role in invigorating body functioning is why it serves as a great substitute for caffeinated teas, coffee, and other drinks.
How can you make Ginseng tea at home?
Ginseng tea is very easy to prepare at home. You can make it from fresh root or dried root. However, the packed tea available in the market often contains nuts and jujubes that enhance the taste. There are two ways you can make ginseng tea at home. We have divided them into two depending upon the availability of utensils.
Prepare it with a kettle in 7 simple steps
- Take 1 tablespoon of ginseng tea in a cup or mug. The tea root should be finely chopped or sliced. If you have fresh root, you can slice it using a knife or a peeler.
- Boil more than 2 cups of water in a kettle. If you are planning to make tea for two, it is better to add a little extra water to the kettle than 2 cups because it evaporates as it boils.
- Let the water rest for 2 minutes. The extra hot water can hamper various healthful benefits of the Ginseng; therefore, once the water is boiled, turn off the flame and let it rest for 2 minutes. Don’t let it rest for too long too. Cold Ginseng is not something that everyone likes.
- Separate one cup of water and pour it directly over the tea extracts. Separating a cup of water will help add an adequate amount of water to one cup and bring out the best taste.
- The final step is to let the tea steep for 5 to 10 minutes. If you don’t want your tea to cool down during this time, you can cover the mug with a saucer. The general rule of the thumb is the longer you allow the tea to be steep, the stronger it will be.
- Strain it if you like. People who have tasted Ginseng have both liked and disliked it due to its strong taste and smell. If you don’t want the tea extracts, you can strain them.
- Serve it with nuts on top. Most people like to have Ginseng by sweetening it with honey or with nuts on top. In short, you can do whatever you like with your cup to make it more delicious. It is mostly served hot, but you can have it cold too.
Prepare it in a saucepan in 5 simple steps
If you are making several servings of tea or you don’t have a kettle, you can easily make ginseng tea in a saucepan. We have written this recipe for a single cup to increase the servings and more tea-root and water accordingly.
- Take a saucepan and add 1 cup of water to it. Place the saucepan on a stove or hot plate, and make sure you use clean water.
- Add Ginseng in the water. When the water is about to get warm, add 1 tablespoon of Ginseng.
- Don’t let the water boil. As stated earlier boil water is not ideal for making tea and destroys the beneficial properties of Ginseng. Heat the water on low heat, and don’t let it boil.
- Steep the contents for 5 to 10 minutes. Cover the saucepan with a lid in the meantime and allow it to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea. When you have achieved your desired color and smell, the tea is ready to serve. Strain it in a mug and serve or hot or cold, sweet or simple.
Some beneficial tips
Leftover tea: If you have some tea left, you can store it in the fridge, and it goes well for two days.
The quickest method to make ginseng tea: If you are looking for a quicker method. You can use teabags. Add a tea bag to the mug and pour hot water over it. Let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes, and you are good to go.
Cold and flu: Ginseng is a tested home remedy for flu and cold.
Pregnant women: it is better to consult your physician before taking Ginseng tea if you are pregnant.
Children: It might not be a good idea to give Ginseng to children.
Healthful benefits of ginseng tea
You might be aware of the many benefits of ginseng tea already because it has become a center stage in the nutrition world. Koreans use Ginseng to make tea and wine as it acts as an energy booster. How does it do the good it does? Ginseng is known to contain compounds known as ginsenosides. These natural compounds are associated with the healing properties of Ginseng.
Here are some potential health benefits of taking Ginseng tea:
It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Various studies have supported the belief that Ginseng reduces inflammation and promotes antioxidant properties in the cells. It has proven benefits in protecting the body against oxidative stress.
It helps in boosting memory and mental health
Ginseng is consumed wholeheartedly throughout the world due to its association with boosting memory, improving mode, and intellect. Recent studies conducted by NCBI support this ability of Ginseng.
It energizes your body and improves physical fitness
Another widely accepted benefit of Ginseng is improving physical health by reducing chronic fatigue. It helps bring aerobic endurance, letting you work for longer without tiring.
It increases your resistance against diseases and hence boosts immunity
Having anti-inflammatory properties, Ginseng increases your body’s resistance against diseases and illness and hence supports your immune system.
The final word
There are many more benefits of Ginseng that make it a perfect item for a healthy diet. But an overdose would do more harm than good. Therefore, it is necessary not to take more than 1 or 2 cups daily if you are fit. If you are suffering from a disease or are a pregnant woman, it is better to consult the physician first.
Disclaimer: All the information mentioned above is not intended to replace medical advice. Always consult your physician before taking herbal teas if you have any chronic or acute diseases.