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(Panax quinquefolium)
Common names: American Ginseng, Five-finger Root, Five Fingers, Five-leafed Ginseng, Ninsin, Panax, Pannag, Red Berry, Sang, Wonder of the World Root.


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Parts Used: Root, leaves. Methods Used: Water extraction.
Spiritual Uses: Several tribes of Native Americans used ginseng as a ingredient in love charms and potions.

Physical Uses: A native of North America from Canada to Georgia and the Carolinas, and naturalized in China and East Asia.

Native Americans in the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the Ozarks used ginseng medicinally and introduced it to settlers who then exported it, eventually as far as the Far East.

While most frequently used as a general tonic and stimulant, it is also used for digestive problems, to stimulate the appetite, and to relieve coughs and asthma.

Some Native American groups used a decoction to relieve vomiting and nausea.

Red Ginseng is prized for its efficacy. The leaves can be used to make a tea to calm a nervous stomach.




3 oz. powdered Ginseng root 
1 oz. Honey 
60 drops Oil of Wintergreen  


1 tsp. of Ginseng/Honey/Wintergreen blend
1 cup of boiling water
Simmer for 10 minutes.  Drink hot before each meal.
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