Lately, ginseng has been seen all over the place: in beauty products, in sports drinks and teas, as herbal supplements… the list goes on! Of course, this popularity begs the question…
What exactly is ginseng and what makes it so popular?
Panax ginseng has been used in Asian wellness practices for thousands of years. The deep green, five-leafed plant bears clusters of bright red berries, but it’s actually the root of the plant that has earned its claim to fame. Rich in ginsenosides (a special kind of plant-based antioxidants), the ginseng root has been used in folk wellness traditions for energizing the body and mind, strengthening resolve against stress and more!**
Naturally found throughout temperate climates in the northern hemisphere, ginseng is usually available as either the Korean or American variety, both of which hold beneficial wellness-promoting properties for a healthy lifestyle! What are these benefits?
…is harvested from Korea, China and other optimal growing locations in the Far East. A staple of traditional wellness practices for generations, Korean ginseng is greatly valued for its adaptogenic properties—ones that assist the body in adapting to and resisting internal and external factors that could effect your health, such as physical and emotional turmoil and stress from the chemicals we come in contact with every day.**
Korean ginseng is typically the red ginseng variety, meaning it is prepared by first steaming the root before heat drying.
…is harvested throughout North America. Its use dates historically to the Native Americans, who understood and utilized the plants natural immune, digestive and energy supportive properties.** Its popularity has only increased in the Western world, as research into the plant’s effects on healthy cognitive function, stamina and overall well-being expanded.**
American ginseng is typically the white ginseng variety, meaning it is not steamed before being left to dry.
Decades of research, plus ongoing curiosity and studies about the effect of ginsenosides on overall well-being has spawned the ginseng craze we have seen. This ancient herb’s suggested antioxidant activities further contribute to its promotion of your body’s overall health and well-being, and is perhaps why this “natural tonic” has made headway as a supplement, in energy drinks and in beauty products!**
Have you gotten on the ginseng bandwagon? What do you think of this herb? What’s your favorite way to include ginseng in your daily regimen?