Ginseng green tea is a variety of green tea that blends tea leaves with ginseng, a perennial plant. There are a number of species of ginseng, the roots of which are used for herbal healing and medicinal properties. Ginseng is believed, among herbalists, to be a very powerful and useful plant for a number of health issues and for the promotion of general wellness. The exact uses and benefits of the ginseng depend on the species. As such, the benefits of a ginseng green tea will depend on the kind of ginseng that is blended with green tea.
There are three main types of ginseng: American ginseng, Chinese ginseng, and Siberian ginseng. Chinese ginseng is also sometimes called "Korean ginseng" or "Panax ginseng." It is this type of ginseng that is generally preferred, but there are people who have preferences for the other two options. There are subcategories of ginseng and other less common categories of ginseng, but these three are the most common. Depending on the tea manufacturer, one or more of these types of ginseng may be used to make ginseng tea.
The main reason people drink ginseng green tea is to get the benefits of green tea and the benefits of ginseng in one cup. Green tea offers a high dose of antioxidants, has a low level of caffeine for people who are looking for just a little boost of energy, and is known to assist with general wellness within the body. It has also been used to help fight and prevent cancer.
Gingseng is known to boost one's energy without any caffeine and is believed to help assuage stress. Blended to make ginseng green tea, these two ingredients offer a number of health benefits. They also deliver an energy boost that won't leave the drinker as jittery as a shot of espresso might.
In addition to being blended with green tea, ginseng is also sometimes blended with white tea leaves and with oolong tea leaves. Sometimes it is steeped on its own without any other tea leaves or herbal infusion ingredients. Whether ginseng tea is consumed on its own or in a blend with green tea leaves to make ginseng green tea, the drink usually has a very bright, if not somewhat astringent flavor. The flavor can take some getting used to, but there are many herbalists and ginseng enthusiasts who swear by ginseng despite the flavor.