If you’ve ever been to China or other Asian countries, you’ve probably noticed: the large pots of moisture with beige-colored roots. That’s ginseng! A plant whose roots are used for its special health benefits. But how do you actually use this root? And what is it all good for?
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Ginseng has been used for decades in the teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also one of the most important components of the hundreds of herbal formulas in China. The root is said to be good for memory, a longer life, lowering blood sugar levels, for more energy, and for the balancing effect within the hormone system.
There are many more health benefits and you can therefore buy it in almost every pharmacy in China. Ginseng is even known in Chinese medicine as the king of tonic herbs.
How to use this miracle root?
Ginseng has an earthy taste that is both slightly sweet and bitter. It is used in juices, soups and you can also make delicious broths with it. In addition to the pure root variant, ginseng is also available in powder form.
The Chinese Chicken Soup is a tasty and easy dish in which you use this special product. Watch a video here for a delicious recipe! The advantage of this chicken soup is that you boil the ginseng in water so that the active properties are easily released.
Don’t want to cook with ginseng but you are still interested in its benefits? In this case, there are plenty of supplements and powders that you can use in juices, smoothies, or take as a capsule.
Enjoy a cup of ginseng tea
The tea variant is also very popular and highly recommended to try for yourself! Ginseng is usually quite pricey, so be careful not to buy products that contain only a few of the active ingredients!
There are several ways to obtain the tea. In the traditional way, the root is directly infused into boiling water. Then the honey is often added for a sweet taste and you can mix it with a tea of your choice. Think of green tea or sweet and sour hibiscus tea.
A second variant is flavored ginseng tea. First, a powder is made from the root. Then the tea leaves are coated with a layer of ginseng powder. Although the quality of this second variant can be good, unfortunately it often contains sweeteners to nuance the bitter taste. In addition, the ingredients in the powder are also less traceable.
Are you already familiar with ginseng? Be sure to let us know why you use it and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @hanting.delivery