Uses of the Ginseng Plant

A perennial herb native throughout the world in parts of Asia, Europe and the U.S., ginseng presents itself with a plethora of uses. From cosmetics and hygiene products to culinary dishes and medical applications, ginseng is a universally useful plant. Growing ginseng in your home garden makes it available to you for practically any use you desire.

Beauty and Hygiene Uses

Ginseng, according to experts at New Directions Aromatics, provides skin care formulations with cell revitalizing properties. Adding ginseng to a soap, scrub or body lotion improves a dull complexion and also aids in the healing of wounds and skin eruptions. Ginseng also has a spicy and sweet flavor and aroma that have been used to flavor toothpastes and scent deodorants and perfumes.

Culinary Uses

Ginseng possesses a strong flavor that accents a variety of culinary dishes. It adds delightful flavor and supposed benefits to a tea made from chamomile flowers, lemongrass and ginger. It makes a delicious addition to a homemade boysenberry jelly. Ginseng root, diced, flavors a soup of chicken stock, coconut shavings and chicken cubes. A versatile herb, ginseng can be added to virtually any Asian-inspired recipe or fusion dish.

Medicinal Uses

The believed medicinal benefits are what make ginseng so popular. Such benefits include mental performance enhancement, fatigue prevention, blood pressure balance, immune system maintenance and relief of menopausal symptoms. Ginseng as a medicinal supplement can be taken as a tincture, drank in a tea or swallowed in capsule form.

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