Ginseng is a widely popular medicinal herb that grows in China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, parts of Siberia and Russia. The juicy root is the most nutritive part of this herb. The freshly harvested ginseng is first peeled and dried to prepare white ginseng and then it is steamed to prepare red ginseng. The use of ginseng is seen in varieties of alternative medicines like homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine. The ginseng plant has high adaptive abilities. Not only south-east Asian countries, it has coped up with the environments of Russia, Siberia, and America and that is how different varieties of this plant have emerged. Depending on the presence of the phytochemicals ginsenosides and gintonin, there are three main variants of ginseng; Asiatic ginseng, Siberian ginseng, and American ginseng. Here are some skin, hair and health benefits of ginseng.
# Brings Radiance and Evenness to the Skin
Ginseng roots and leaves help to promote cellular growth. This herb has hydrating properties along with various vitamins, minerals, and especially antioxidants. The potent composition maintains the elasticity of the skin and encourages cellular regeneration. The neat result is problem-free glowing skin.
# Fights Premature Ageing
The presence of phytonutrients in the root juice of ginseng fights free radical damage due to environmental pollutants and harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. This wonder ingredient also induces collagen formation in the skin. Phytonutrients and collagen make the skin taut and toned. The early signs of aging (wrinkles, crow’s feet etc.) get delayed.
# Reduces Puffy Eyes & Dark Circles
The juice of fresh ginseng root is the best eye mask for those who suffer from puffy eyes. Ginseng contains metabolism boosters which help in regeneration of the cells of the under the eye. It also aids in the oxygenation process of the skin cells so the darkened skin under the eyes reduces over time.
# Works as Facial Freshener
The calming properties of ginseng calm down the face and soothe the minor skin irritations, sunburns etc. Juice of red ginseng can be used to make a summer-friendly facial freshener. To male, this freshener, mix 2 tablespoon ginseng juice in 60ml water and add 1 teaspoon aloe vera extract. Shake it well to prepare an even concoction and spay on the skin as required.
# Decreases Hair Loss by Encouraging Blood Flow in Scalp
The anti-apoptotic nature of red ginseng aids in the rapid reproduction of the papilla cells of scalp skin. It works as a stimulant in hair growth as this physiological process inflates the blood flow in the scalp. The hair follicles become healthies and the hair loss reduces in the process.
# Helps in Hair Regeneration
Our hair is made up of proteins and some other nutrients. When our body lacks in these nutrients, the texture of hair follicles and shafts degrade. The hair loses its natural luster and strength. Brittleness and hair fall become alarming concerns. Ginseng, being rich in multiple vitamins and purifying factors, replenishes those essentials in the body and thus helps in hair’s regeneration process.
# Controls Cholesterol
There are mainly two types of cholesterol in our body; Low-density lipoprotein or LDL and High-density lipoprotein or HDL. HDLs are healthy cholesterols while the LDLs in high amount can cause harm to the cardiovascular system. The existence of genocides in ginseng assists in reducing the LDL cholesterol and keeps the heart healthy.
# Helps in Menstrual Cramps
Ginseng is often used as a pain reliever for the stomach pain caused by period cramps. This amazing herb also possesses abilities to increase the fertility of women by inflating the levels of estrogen.
# Boosts Energy Level
Red ginseng is often used in endurance increasing health tonics for athletes and others who get tired easily. This herb improves the metabolism of the body to make it able to process oxygen efficiently. More oxygen in the system results in inflated energy level.
# Anti-Tumour Actions
Certain substances found in red ginseng possess the power to affect a tumor and cancer cells. It disrupts the life cycles of carcinogenic cells and shows inhibitive actions on tumors.
# Manages Type-II Diabetes
Studies have shown that red ginseng is able to control the sugar level in blood. It is a widely used blood sugar controlling herb in alternative medicines.
# Works as Appetite Suppressant
If you are among those who fail to keep a check on body weight due to frequent hunger pangs, then ginseng-infused herbal tea may be your call. Ginseng is a healthy appetite reducer. It helps in controlling obesity.
# Treats Reproductive Disorders
The aphrodisiac properties of red ginseng help to correct erectile dysfunction. That is why this ingredient is often used in traditional medicines of south-east Asia to increase sexual activeness.