Ginseng has been used for thousands of years and is thought to improve mental alertness, memory and physical stamina and to increase a sense of general well-being. It has been used as an aphrodisiac, as a means to lower blood sugar levels and to control blood pressure. The list of purported benefits is extensive. American and Asian ginseng differ slightly from each other, and both are quite different from Siberian ginseng, which is classified in a different genus. The roots of American and Asian ginseng contains active components, called ginsenosides, which are thought to provide the herb's medicinal value, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. An easy way to release the ginsenosides is to use dried ginseng root to prepare a simple tea.
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Grind the ginseng root, coarsely, in an herb or coffee grinder to help release the active constituents in the root.
Place one teaspoon of the ground ginseng root into the tea infuser and seal the lid.
Bring two cups of water to a boil. Place the tea infuser with the ginseng root into the water and simmer it for around ten minutes to make a tea.
Remove the tea infuser and pour the tea into a cup. Sweeten the tea to taste. Drink up to two cups a day.