Used for centuries in Asian medicine as a cure for almost anything, nowadays Ginseng tea is consumed around the world due to its important health benefits. Read more about its origin, various types, benefits and side effects.
More about Ginseng tea
Ginseng is an herbaceous perennial plant with fleshy roots that grows in the forest and is native to parts of Asia and North America. Nowadays there are many types of Ginseng, cultivated in various parts of the world. However, there are two main types of Ginseng : Oriental ginseng and American ginseng.
Ginseng tea is made from the juicy roots of the plant. Sometimes, the leaves can also be used but they are less important than the root. The root contains most of the essential nutrients. Ginseng root can be used in two ways : fresh or dried. You can buy it as a whole, sliced, powder like or directly as teabags.
Ginseng tea has a reputation of being a strong aphrodisiac, especially for men. Included in teas or in other medicines, it is often used to treat ejaculation problems.
The tea is considered as an overall tonic for the whole body enhancing vitality.
The taste of Ginseng tea is very particular. Many people think it can be a sharp, earthy with a strong aftertaste. However, for people with an acidic condition, it can taste very bitter indeed.
How to brew Ginseng tea
If we refer to the drink, you should know that one cup of ginseng tea is equivalent to one tea bag, one teaspoon of ginseng tea cut, two to three grams of ginseng, or five to eight slices of ginseng.
Add the necessary amount of ginseng to a cup of hot water. Let it infuse for four to five minutes. You can leave it longer as well, but you should know that the longer you allow the ginseng to stay in the water, you will get a stronger tea. For a better taste, you may also add honey or other natural sweeteners like for example citrus fruits or even mix together with other types of teas.
Later on, you can also reuse the slices or the tea bag that you used previously for one or two extra cups of ginseng tea.
If you drink ginseng tea for the first time, it is advisable to prepare the ginseng tea initially for no more than five minutes. Give yourself time to get familiar with its taste at first.
Alternatively, you can boil three cups of water, add eight to ten ginseng slices then let them boil for fifteen to twenty minutes. Drain the tea and let it cool. The ginseng tea can be served warm or cold as an iced ginseng tea. Store the tea in the refrigerator.
For best results, ginseng tea should be consumed in cycles, such as three weeks on and one week off. Ginseng tea should not be drunk for more than three months at a time.
Health Benefits of Ginseng tea
Ginseng tea has traditionally been seen as a “cure-all” for many types of ailments. This tea has many health benefits like:
- Boosting the appetite
- Improving the digestion
- Aiding in respiration
- Rejuvenating the body
- Reducing physical and mental stress
- Enhancing sexual virility and libido especially for men
- Reducing the symptoms of arthritis and asthma
- Lessening the effects of diabetes, Crohn’s disease and TMJ syndrome
- Counteracting headaches and diarrhea
- Strengthening the immune system
- Fighting the fatigue
- Reducing bad cholesterol
- Boosting blood circulation
Side Effects of Ginseng tea
The side effects of ginseng tea have always been disputed. It may react with some medications or pre-existing conditions.
Avoid drinking this type of tea during pregnancy or nursing, and do not take it for longer than three months in a row. Ginseng tea should not be taken with other herbs which stimulates the nervous system or with oral diabetes medications.
Ginseng tea should be avoided by those with psychological conditions.
People suffering for hypertension, or high blood pressure or those who are taking other stimulants should consult their physician before drinking ginseng tea.
Ginseng tea is not suitable for children.
Although sometimes the side effects of the ginseng tea are still a subject of debate, if you take into consideration the precautions, drinking it from time to time will surely have a tonic effect on your body as it proved its qualities along the centuries. Drink it during breakfast to boost up your day.