Insam Cha (Korean Ginseng Tea)
Korean ginseng is known for certain health benefits, like boosting energy and antioxidant properties. You can buy dried ginseng or fresh ginseng (susam 수삼) for this tea. Supposedly, American ginseng is good for reducing "heat" in the body, reducing stress and improving performance. Consuming ginseng is not recommended for certain people, like people with high blood pressure or fever. Ginseng comes in a lot of different preparations -- you can also buy instant tea packets (there are lots of different quality levels) or also a sticky extract that can be used.
- 6-7 roots of dried American ginseng or Korean ginseng (bought at Chinese herbal stores or Korean groceries)
- 10-12 small Korean dried dates (daechu 대추)
- 7 cups of water
- Wash dried ginger roots carefully and soak ginseng overnight or for at least 5-6 hours since dried ginseng is very hard. When it’s somewhat soft, take off stem on the top and save the water.
- Wash dates thoroughly.
- Put ginseng (and the water it was soaked in) and dates into a large kettle that can hold 6-7 cups of water.
- Boil it and drink with honey (if you wish). If you like a little bit bitter taste, it’s ok to drink without. As you consume the tea, you can add additional water and boil. You can keep making tea boiling the ingredients a couple of days (3-4), depending on how often you drink the tea out of it.
Serving Size: 7
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Preparation Time: 35 minutes