It is nearly winter. The season has changed quite suddenly in Korea. Due to the sudden change Michael (my husband) got sick again. His sickness is kind of a seasonal event I need to go through, lucky I am not as weak as him. 🙂
I bought some ginseng to make some tea for him and it seem to work well.
Ginseng (Insam, 인삼) is quite expensive even in Korea, I bought 2 roots of ginseng – 106 g for 6,360 won (US $6.70) It was 6000 won per 100g.
The main benefits of Ginseng are
- Improving the immune system.
- Relaxing the nervous system.
- Recovering strength.
Ingredients (for approx 10 servings)
- Ginseng 50g (I used fresh ginseng, not dried ginseng)
- 5 Chinese dates
- Water 2.5 L (Apparently you need 500ml of water per every 10g of ginseng, so you can adjust it yourself)
- Honey 1 tsp (per 1 cup of tea)
1. Rinse the ginseng, scrub the dirt with a cloth as needed.
2. Rinse the Chinese dates.
3. Put the water into a pot. Add the ginseng and Chinese dates.
4. Boil/Simmer it on low heat for 20-25 minutes.
How to serve (This is how I serve this tea, perhaps different to other people)
- Put the honey in a cup/mug.
- Scoop or pour the ginseng boiled water in.
- Hold the ginseng with tongs and cut the ginseng and Chinese dates with scissors. (I cut 3 small pieces of ginseng and 1/2 a Chinese date for 1 cup of tea, so you can make about 10 cups of tea)
- Stir it with a tea spoon and drink it. (You can feel that your body is warming up within 1 minute.)
Since I boiled 2.5 L of tea, I reboiled several times to finish it up. (It gave me about 10 cups of tea total)
By the way, ginseng isn’t good for everyone. People who have warm character body type according to “Sasang constitutional medicine” need to be more careful taking it. I am one of those people, so I don’t have ginseng. So I recommend you consult with a herbal (oriental) doctor first before you take ginseng.
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- Ginseng 50g (I used fresh ginseng not dried ginseng)
- 5 Chinese dates
- L Water 2.5 (Apparently you need 500ml of water per every 10g of ginseng so you can adjust it yourself)
- tsp Honey 1 per 1 cup of tea
- Rinse the ginseng, scrub the dirt with a cloth as needed.
- Rinse the Chinese dates.
- Put the water into a pot. Add the ginseng and Chinese dates.
- Boil/Simmer it on low heat for 20-25 minutes.