Ginger versus Ginseng: Rooted In Two Completely Different Realities!
The two most commonly confused magical roots from Asia — ginger and ginseng — offer a completely different flavor and benefits when added to tea
The traditional herbs and roots that have been used in Asia for the past few centuries make for a wealth of knowledge that the rest of the world is waking up to. However, not everything we know about the traditional methods of healing is entirely correct. Since not much of the information is available at hand, common confusions are rife.
The feud of ginger and ginseng is a long standing one. “Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial plant with big fleshy roots that comes from Asia. Ginger is a tuber from Southern Asia,” says Tom King. “Both ginseng tea and ginger tea are made from the roots of these plants. Both teas are used in herbal medicine and are prepared in the same basic ways using slices of the roots, dried, powdered preparations or in prepared tea bags. The similarity of the names of these two herbs can be confusing.”
Ginger on the left, Ginseng to the right
The Common Ground
Both ginger as well as ginseng have been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
Indian ginseng, known as Ashwagandha, has been used as a fertility enhancer and for curing anxiety along with boosting immunity and improving the functions of the thyroid gland.
Ginger has been a household staple in India. From enhancing the flavor in food to being added to potions to help cure common cold, and chewed raw to help against motion sickness — ginger is all too familiar a taste in India.
Add ginger to your milky Masala Chai
The Root In Your Tea
Ginger in tea, milk or otherwise, is a well-known flavor and loved across the world. The earthy flavor and the pungent smell of ginger has found many takers. Ginger offers a rounded flavor to tea and when taken with milk balances the sweetness with its spicy nature.
Indian Ginseng is not as common a choice for tea. Used specifically in herbal concoctions prescribed by traditional doctors, primarily as it should never be taken by itself. The root is believed to be so potent that it needs to be consumed with one or several other herbs to balance its effect. Ginseng leaves a hint of a metallic taste in its finish and is easy to identify. A well-researched ginseng tea is truly a treasure!
Choosing between traditional herbs is not just a matter of taste. While all herbal teas are handcrafted to ensure the perfect balance of health and taste, it is important to choose on what works best for you.
Now that you know that the two roots are so different from each other, choose the correct root. Another bit of wisdom to be served with the root of your choice, it is best to use the herb in moderation. A masterfully blended portion is best suited for regular intake and you know where to find your lot!