As a family, we work with over 100 different herbs from around the world, and near the top of the list for most effective, most powerful and beneficial is that of American Ginseng. American Ginseng grows wild in forests stretching from Ohio to Wisconsin, and is among the most prized wild plants in the country. Ginseng hunters go wild every year as they comb through the forests looking for ginseng roots that have aged 6+ years, because it’s worth money, but what’s more is that it’s one of the most powerful natural medicines. I have not had as much luck finding wild ginseng as more seasoned foragers, but I have recently teamed up with Dairyland Management in Wisconsin, who farms American Ginseng. But then again, it’s listed as an endangered species in many states due to over-foraging.
American Ginseng is deeply rooted in Native American culture and has been a popular export to China for hundreds of years, and for good reason. American Ginseng is a dynamic plant with stimulating and cooling properties. Ginseng is known for its mood improving, stress reducing, immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its positive effect for brain function, weight loss, sexual dysfunction, healthy lung function and its ability to lower blood sugar levels. We use American Ginseng for an energy boost in a tea and tincture, as well as for focus, and then we also use it as a topical for healthy hair. The benefits are undeniable, but there are some side effects like headache, sleep problems, digestive problems, changes in blood pressure and sugar levels, nervousness, etc. The key with herbal medicine is to dial in your dose, which depends on your body, age, and ailment, and everyone reacts differently to plants.
To learn more about American Ginseng, visit Dairyland Management here.
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