The ginseng root has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Native American medicine to treat a variety of ailments and illnesses. Recent studies have proven ginseng has many health benefits such as boosting energy, preventing inflammation, helping the immune system fight colds and flu and even improving brain function (more information). One of the fastest and easiest ways to take ginseng is brewing it into a tea.
Ginseng Tea Recipe:
- Measure approximately 2 grams of ginseng root per cup of ginseng tea you would like to prepare. 2 grams of ginseng root is equivalent to about:
- 1/4 of a jumbo ginseng root
- 1/2 of a large ginseng root
- 1-2 medium ginseng root
- 2-3 small ginseng roots
- 1 tablespoon of ginseng root powder
- Bring 8 oz of filtered water to a boil per cup of ginseng tea. Allow the water to cool for 1-2 minutes or until the water reaches about 90 °C. This helps prevent some of the fragile root compounds from being damaged by boiling hot water.
- Add the ginseng to the hot water.
- Allow the ginseng tea to steep for 5-15 minutes depending on the strength of tea you desire. It is recommended to steep larger ginseng roots longer than smaller ginseng roots, prongs or powder.
- Remove the ginseng, add a spoonful of honey or another sweetener for taste and enjoy!