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Ginseng Root


The root of the ginseng plant has been cultivated for hundreds of years. Asian and American ginseng can treat many different health conditions as well as providing supportive benefits, including a tonic effect of bringing an overall balance in the body.
Harvesting wild ginseng has been suspended by forest officials in some areas in order to allow the plant to repopulate.
If you are planning to harvest ginseng this year for personal use, first review the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules on how to do that sustainably. The harvest season in Kentucky begins September 1 and ends December 1.

Here are some of the many possible health benefits of taking ginseng root:

Reduces stress & anxiety (adaptogen herb/increases resistance to stress), helps with weight loss, reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease & cognitive decline, anti-cancer (contains antioxidants), improves hair & skin health, helps treat ADHD, enhances liver function, lowers high blood pressure, anti-inflammatory, improves lung health, provides natural energy, improves mood, helps control blood sugar levels, regulates hormonal imbalances, boosts your immune system, promotes mental clarity, combats fatigue, regenerative, supports athletic stamina & strength, stimulates blood flow/circulation and reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol.

As an adaptogen, ginseng would pair nicely with a nervine herb such as valerian root or scullcap – especially for easing anxiety and helping with sleep.

There are many options as to how you would take ginseng, such as: powder (dry, powdered root), capsule, tea and tincture. Always do your research and/or check with your doctor first. There are counter indications with certain medications. Pregnant women shouldn’t take ginseng.

Choose non-gmo, organic and sustainably-harvested and purchase locally when you can.
Be Well and God Bless You.

By Jennifer Wimmer

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