Ginseng is a medicinal plant with several health benefits, because it is stimulates and revitalizes the body, so it is great for when you are very tired and stressed and in need of an extra stimulus to continue with your daily activities.
Ginseng is also great for regulating blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and can help in improving blood circulation, being especially indicated to improve intimate life, increasing the couples pleasure. Therefore, the key benefits of ginseng for your health include:
- Improve blood circulation (Korean ginseng: Panax ginseng,);
- Calming and reducing stress (American ginseng: Panax quinquefolius,);
- Prevents influenza, especially in the elderly because it stimulates the immune system;
- Prevents cancer because it is rich in antioxidants;
- Reduces the symptoms of sexual impotence because it improves blood circulation;
- Decreases tiredness and fatigue because it is an excellent brain tonic;
- It promotes general well-being because it fights fatigue and drowsiness;
- Improves memory and concentration, so it helps you study and work better;
- Decreases cortisol and consequently stress;
- Helps regulate blood pressure.
To take advantage of all these benefits you need to consume ginseng whenever needed. It is a good complement for those who are studying, during a period of tests, or at a more tiring time at work.
Regular consumption of up to 8 grams daily of ginseng root during these periods may contribute to well-being, making the person meet their challenges, however, larger doses are discouraged because they may provoke the opposite effect.
How to use Ginseng
Here are 3 great recipes with ginseng for you to take advantage of all its properties and benefits, but they should be avoided by people with uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart problems and should not be consumed by pregnant women.
Pasta soup with ginseng
This soup is energizing and improves digestion, making it a good choice for dinner on a cold day.
- 1,5 liter of water;
- 15 g of fresh ginseng root;
- 3 onions
- 3 cloves of garlic;
- 1 carrot
- 2,5 cm of ginger;
- 150 g of mushrooms;
- 200 g of pasta
- 1 handful of chopped parsley;
- salt and pepper to taste;
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil to braise.
Braise the garlic and onion in olive oil until they become golden brown, then add water, ginseng, carrot, ginger and mushrooms and let the stove on medium heat until the carrot gets tender. Then add the pasta and season to taste, until the soup is soft and tasty. Remove the ginseng and ginger and serve the soup while it is still warm.
Ginseng tincture for the liver
This tincture is easy to prepare and enhances the body's defense mechanisms and provides a sense of well-being, balancing the the liver's energy. It also can help to fight fatigue, weakness, lack of concentration, stress, physical and psychic asthenia, bradycardia, impotence, male fertility problems, atherosclerosis and depression.
- 25 g of goji
- 25 g of ginseng
- 25 g of oats
- 5 g of licorice roo
- 400 ml of vodka
Chop all ingredients and place them into a dark glass container, properly cleaned and sterilized. Cover with vodka and make sure all ingredients are covered. Leave it inside a cabinet, away from the light and shake daily, for 3 weeks. After that time the tincture is ready to be used. All you need to do is strain and keep it always inside a cabinet, in a dark glass container, like a bottle of beer, for example.
The shelf life is 6 months. To use it, you just have to dilute 1 tablespoon of the tincture in a little water and drink daily.
Ginseng tea to fight fatigue
- 100 ml of water;
- 2,5 g of ginseng.
Put the water to boil and, when it is bubbling, add the ginseng. Cover the pan and leave it on low heat for 10 to 20 minutes. You should then strain the mixture. The preparation should be used on the same day you prepare it.
Ginseng in pill form
In pill form it is marketed by several laboratories, and can be found easily in pharmacies, drugstores and natural products stores. As the dose of each pill varies from one laboratory to another, the instructions on the label should be used to consume them, but the daily dose usually ranges from 1 to 3 pills at meal times.