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Anti-Inflammatory Ginseng Shots

Ginseng root has been recognized for its powerful health benefits and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. But have you ever heard about “sengin”?

Sengin is a term used by locals primarily in the regions of the Appalachians and Ozark mountains. It refers to the act of hunting and digging up wild ginseng. Sengin is a tradition passed down through generations in the rural areas surrounding these mountains. Overall, sengin represents a unique tradition deeply connected to the natural resources and cultural heritage of these regions.

Where to Find Ginseng

They say it takes somewhere between four and eight years for the, as the Natives call it, “root of life” to grow, and it needs just the right conditions to do so, which is what you will apparently find in the heart of Wisconsin!

DIY Anti-Inflammatory Ginseng Shots- ginseng rootAmerican ginseng is said to be the most potent form of ginseng, and Wisconsin is responsible for 95% of all American Ginseng on the market.

There are multiple kinds of ginseng. All species of ginseng can be used for medicinal purposes and in-home remedies, like the anti-inflammatory wellness shot recipe below. But let’s talk a little more about ginseng and its medicinal uses before we get into the nitty-gritty of this ginseng shot recipe.

There are 11 different species of ginseng, all belonging to the genus Panax, though only American Ginseng and Asian Ginseng are “true ginseng.” Adaptogenic herbs like Siberian ginseng and Indian ginseng (Ashwagandha) have many medicinal properties but not the same medicinal properties as true ginseng. The magic of ginseng comes from an active ingredient known as ginsenosides. If the ginseng plant does not contain these compounds, they are merely medicinal relatives.

Health Benefits of Ginseng

DIY Anti-Inflammatory Ginseng Shots- ginseng plant

Ginseng is a potent adaptogen, stabilizing and balancing the body. The ginsenosides in ginseng have been found to significantly decrease inflammation, which has many damaging effects on the body, from pain to chronic disease. Chronic inflammation is linked to various health issues, including cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and certain cancers. For example, one study suggests that ginseng stabilizes the inflammatory cytokines in children with cancer after chemotherapy.

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Another showed it to be effective against minor inflammation in the nasal passages, typically during bouts of allergies or when you come down with a cold.

Here are even more reasons people often seek out ginseng root:

Brain – Ginseng increases mental focus and enhances cognitive functions by stimulating brain cells. It’s been shown to help Alzheimer’s patients and individuals with hyperactivity disorders with focus, memory, and functionality.

Stress and Anxiety – Ginseng is known to have adaptogenic properties that can help the body better cope with stress. It may reduce anxiety symptoms and promote a sense of calmness and well-being.

Immunity – According to clinical trials, American ginseng bolsters all immune cell types. It also produces antibacterial agents that serve as a line of defense against viral and bacterial infections.

Energy – Ginseng may encourage mental and physical activity in individuals who feel sluggish and weak. Studies have found that ginseng effectively treats chronic fatigue.

Lung Function – Ginseng can help decrease lung bacteria and even stop cystic fibrosis growth, according to some studies with rats. It’s also demonstrated an ability to help treat those with a lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Sexual Health – Ginseng has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac and to support sexual health. It may help improve erectile dysfunction in men and enhance libido and sexual performance in both men and women.

If you want to enjoy the many medicinal benefits of ginseng, you should try these Ginseng and Ginger Shots!

Anti-Inflammatory Ginseng Shots Recipe

DIY Anti-Inflammatory Ginseng Shots- ginseng slices

This ginseng drink is easy to make. You can drink it in place of your morning coffee on some days or sip it while planning how you want to approach the day. Enjoy that added mental boost! I’ve added some ginger, a circulatory herb with anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, and some raw honey and lemon. This anti-inflammatory shot drink is super simple yet super healthy.

I got my ginseng during a trip to North Carolina in a Native American medicine shop tucked back in the corner of a quiet mountain town. But you can find it readily available for purchase online. It’s not cheap! But it’s got so many great medicinal qualities. Personally, I think it’s well worth the investment.

Many health food stores and natural food markets carry ginseng products. These stores often have a dedicated section for herbal supplements where you can find ginseng capsules, powders, extracts, and teas. Some farmers markets or local produce markets may have vendors who sell fresh or dried ginseng roots. This can be an opportunity to obtain ginseng directly from local growers or harvesters.

You will need:
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 10-15 drops of American or Asian ginseng extract or 1 inch piece of the root itself
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  1. Get your kettle of water heated up while you prepare the other steps.
  2. Cut a 1-inch piece of ginger from the ginger root.  A great tip for making ginger last longer is to keep it in the freezer and cut off pieces as needed.DIY Anti-Inflammatory Ginseng Shots-cut ginger
  3. Add the ginger to the cup along with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Add 10-15 drops of ginseng extract or raw ginseng root if you can find it (or afford it).Stress and Anxiety: Ginseng is known to have adaptogenic properties that can help the body better cope with stress. It may reduce anxiety symptoms and promote a sense of calmness and well-being
  4. Top it off with hot water and 1 tablespoon of honey. Let it steep for 10 minutes.Stress and Anxiety: Ginseng is known to have adaptogenic properties that can help the body better cope with stress. It may reduce anxiety symptoms and promote a sense of calmness and well-being
  5. Sip and enjoy!Stress and Anxiety: Ginseng is known to have adaptogenic properties that can help the body better cope with stress. It may reduce anxiety symptoms and promote a sense of calmness and well-being

The daily dosage for ginseng can vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s age, health status, weight and the specific form of ginseng being used (e.g., American ginseng, Asian ginseng).

In general, the recommended daily dosage of ginseng ranges from 200 milligrams to 3 grams, divided into two or three doses throughout the day. However, it’s crucial to follow the instructions provided on the product packaging or consult with a naturopath for personalized advice.

The Bottom Line

Ginseng is a highly valued medicinal plant known for its potential benefits.  From improving stamina and immunity to enhancing cognitive function and lung health, ginseng has a wide range of applications.

Whether in the form of anti-inflammatory shots or other preparations, incorporating ginseng into your routine offers a plethora of health benefits. Let us know in the comments how ginseng works for you.

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Ginseng likes shady areas under trees in the deep forest.

I use ginger everyday in a concoctions I make up to clean my veins out lemons garlic and ginger and 8 oz of water and I take two tablespoons of it a day to clean my veins

Hi Paul,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this remedy with us. We really appreciate it.

Many blessings and good health!

Would you share your recipe above?

I have called my recipe “Covid – tea”, but I use it since then (my healing from Covid) for any kind of infection:

–         2 – 3 litres of water
–         4 – 5 cloves garlic: (anti-congestive, antibiotic)
–         Big root of ginger: (expectorant, antioxidant, immune-boosting)
–         10 – 12 leaves of laurel: (purifying, calming, stimulating digestion)
–         Optional: Honey to put into the cup

Boil for 20 minutes, leave 10 more minutes till all the ingredients sink; and then drink one cup 4 to 5 times per day. After cooling, put the tea into the refrigerator and heat up just 1 cup per time.

Hi Seraina,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this detailed recipe with us! Indeed, it has potent virus-fighting ingredients.

Many blessings and good health!

Where could someone (I) in Alabama find REAL Gensing?

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