The Identification and Beauty of Ginseng
This is ginseng. What I like to
call, Appalachian Gold. I started hunting for the herb two years ago.
It was very hard to find at first, but after about a month or so I
could spot it very easily. Ginseng, in my personal opinion, is the most
beautiful plant in the forest.
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'Seng starts off the season
with bright green leaves and red berries in the center. Toward the end
of the season, the leaves turn to a vibrant yellow and the berries have
usually fallen off. A young plant has one or two prongs (branches) and
an older plant has three or four prongs. The photo above is about
mid-season. You can actually see the color change. Very beautiful!
It was my dad, who introduced me
to the herb. He, being a master ginseng hunter, has taught me a lot
about the herb and its medicinal properties. Have a headache? Simply
add about a teaspoon of dry, ground ginseng to some green tea. After
brewing is complete, use honey and a dash of cinnamon for sweetening,
and you have a natural energy drink that can knock a headache clean out
of your head.
I have yet to learn
everything about the herb, but I will keep you posted. Feel free to let
me know anything you may know about ginseng or any other plants and
herbs. I am always wanting to learn new things about plants and herbs.