Ginseng

Ginseng Roots

Ginseng

An age old remedy.  Ginseng may be one of the most researched herbs on earth, yet somehow it’s

 healing powers remain a mystery.  

There are 3 well known varieties.

  1. Panax ginseng (Most Popular, Asian Variety) according to 2,000 year old texts it was used to “quiet the spirit and increase wisdom.”
  2. American ginseng (P. Quinquefolius) 
  3. Eleuthero, or Siberian ginseng cheaper substitute for the real deal.

All 3 are used as a tonic.  Known to balance body functions and strengthen immune system.  Making ginseng helpful for a wide variety of ailments.

It’s human figure shape may lend to it’s reputation as a body cure-all.

Some herbalists argue that ginsengs complexity is what makes it such a great adaptogen.  

Common uses are:

  • Stress reliever
  • Immunity enhancer
  • Increase stamina
  • Blood pressure regulation

Too many times it’s just labeled ginseng with no differention as to what type.  Which causes some confusion because Asian ginseng has warming properties and is generally used to get people back on their feet after a long illness.    Where as American ginseng cools and would benefit someone who is overheated or excited.  Make sure you buy a well known brand, because the roots are so valued, packagers tend to try and substitute cheaper ingriedents or just skimp on putting any ginseng in at all.

There are not many side effects reported from consumption of ginseng.  Risks increase over extended or increased dose.  If you try it go slow and start really low.

Ginseng may be liquid or powdered, capsule or tea.

Do not take while pregnant or nursing unless guided by a proper medical professional. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

What is happening, Thomas Merton, Quote

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” 

~ Thomas Merton 

Ginko

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Being one of the oldest tree species on earth, Ginko has been used for all kinds of wellness remedies through out the centuries.  

Ginko trees are also called “Maidenhair trees.”

The fruit smells terrible and may cause skin irritation but it contains a seed that’s valuable on the Asian markets.  In Germany the leaves have been used to help with Asthma and Circulation issues.

Ginko contains ginkolides.  A power compound found to help suppress allergic inflammation and asthma.

Ginko may help with the ills of old age. It dilates the arteries and capillaries that feed the body’s tissue making it helpful for people who suffer from decreased oxygen to the brain and extremities.   This may in turn improve ones short term memory and help combat depression in old folks.

People are taking Ginko extracts to help combat Alzheimer’s, Multiple sclerosis, and to minimize the devastation of a stroke.  They are also using extracts to help with peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud’s disease and tinnitus.

The best benefits have come from a well known concentrated source that can be found in most any health food store, not just leaves.  Ginko is generally considered safe.  It may cause restlessness or digestive upset.  Discontinue use.  

USE CAUTION: if you have a clotting disorder, are taking anti-clotting medications, apirin. 

Ginko may not be the fountain of youth but it is packed with some good healing potential.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


“Thrive in spite of it” Joel Osteen, Motivational Quote

Thrive in spite of it.  Joel Osteen“Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.”
~ Joel Osteen

Smoothie Recipe for PMS and Cramps

This smoothie recipe is good for anyone and helps with all kinds of inflammation, not just cramps and pms.

Smoothie recipe for Cramps and PMS

  • 1 cup of greens (Kale, Dandelion, Spinach, mix it up)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen fruit (mango helps to reduce cramps)
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Chia seeds or nut butter
  • 1/4-1/2″ root of Ginger
  • 1/4-1/2″ root of Turmeric

Blend well, relax while you enjoy!  You may not even realize that you have cramps after slurping one of these down.  

Happy 4th of July

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Growing Ginger – The Basics

Space 10-14 inches apart.  They need a mostly sunny location.   Some shade is good, especially in the DEAD heat of summer.  Depending on the variety most ginger grows to around 3 feet high.
Keep the soil moist, not soggy.  Mulch well.  It adds moisture and keeps back space invading weeds and grasses.  Minimize weeding and digging so that you don’t disturb the rhizomes that are growing just beneath the surface.

Water 2-3 times a week or just enough to keep the soil moist not soggy.  It can take ginger up to 2 years or more to bloom.  BE PATIENT.

Ginger rhizomesGinger does not mind being a tiny bit crowded.  You will probably need at least an 8 inch pot per rhizome if you are container gardening.

In a pot you can put a layer of gravel in the bottom to help drainage.  Use a good light organic potting soil.  Potted plants will do best kept in a sunny area.  South facing windows may be TOO MUCH SUN! Ideally, sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon or filtered light is best.    

Cutworms can cut through a ginger plant overnight.  You can put collars around the base of the plant if this is a problem.  Other than that ginger is pretty pest/disease resistant.  If left too wet you might get root rot.  If that happens let your soil dry out and add a fungicide to the soil.

It takes almost a year before you can harvest a crop of ginger.  Wait about 8-10 before harvesting the entire plant.  Early harvesting is called “green ginger.”  You can just take a few rhizomes without harvesting the entire plant.  Green ginger is more tender and milder in flavor.

Once you clean your roots you can store them for weeks in the fridge inside a airtight container or ziploc with a damp paper towel.    Some people like to freeze whole roots and grate the frozen root as needed.  It does loose some of it’s texture this way but it last longer.   Thinly slicing and dehydrating on low is another method of processing, storing and using ginger.  Drying ginger in the sun here in the south is a challenge with  the average 61 percent humidity, most often you will end up with moldy ginger or bugs, EWH!

I love to put a pound the blender with half a lemon 1/4 of the lemon peel, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, grind till smooth and scoop into cubes for later use.  These are great way to make anti-Inflammatory lemonade on the fly!  You can take it one step further and put all the ingredients for anti-Inflammatory Lemonade in there but I use them for other stuff and sometimes I don’t want honey or cayenne in whatever I am adding them too.

Got any storage tips or tricks?  What your most obscure use for ginger?

Live for Today ~ Quote

“Live for today, Love for tomorrow is the wisdom of a fool! For tomorrow is never promised to anyone.” Author Unknown

Happy Father’s Days, 2017

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Difference between a Flower and a Weed

The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgement.  Unknown