How to Make Tea From Ginseng Root

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Ginseng has been used to increase stamina, endurance and energy for centuries. Find out how to make tea from ginseng root with help from a certified clinical herbalist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Deserie, your natural remedy adviser. I'm here today to talk with you about how to make tea from ginseng root. Ginseng has been used for centuries to increase stamina, endurance and energy. It also has been known to help build longevity so that you can live longer and healthier. And making a tea, although you can get the tea in tea bags at the store I highly recommend that you purchase the root and use that to make your tea. And there are basically three different kinds of ginseng. One is oriental ginseng also known as Panax ginseng. And this is the most expensive kind and that is the one used most by athletes for increasing their endurance. Then there's its cousin, American ginseng which has similar properties but it is a little bit more economical. The Panax or oriental ginseng is best for use in the cooler months because it's very warming and stimulating. Whereas the American ginseng is better for warmer months because it is less stimulating and said to be more cooling. Lastly there is the Siberian ginseng. And Siberian ginseng is not even really a ginseng at all. It's also known as Eleuthero. And this one is good, it's good for long term use and really gives you vibrant energy. All of these ginsengs are considered adaptogen herbs which means they promote balance in the body. And so to make the tea, if you have a fresh root you want to start off by king of slicing it with either a potato peeler or a very sharp knife. Otherwise if you have a dried root some of them can be very hard and you might even need to get your gardening cutter out to cut them. Otherwise you can also acquire already cut and sifted dried ginseng. In this case I'm using the Eleuthero or Siberian ginseng. And you want to bring a pot of water to boiling which I have done here and turn off the heat. And add one to two teaspoons to the dried herb per cup of water. And you want to let that steep at least ten minutes, covered. You want to make sure that it's covered and after the steeping process, like I mentioned about five to ten minutes, you want to strain the tea and enjoy it. Now a couple of counter indications, if you are taking anticoagulant drugs like coumadin, you want to avoid ginseng, and also if you have hypertension you want to avoid ginseng. I'm Deserie and this is how to make tea using ginseng root.

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