Ginseng is a perennial plant which belongs to the Panax species of the Araliacae family.
There are more than ten types of ginseng grown over the world, the most famous of which are Panax ginseng, which originates from north-east Asia (this is the type of ginseng you will find in our teas), and Panax quinquefolium, also known as American ginseng, which, as the name suggests, can be found in America.
The part of the plant that we use in our teas, and which is generally used for its pharmaceutical properties, is the root.
The general name ‘Panax’ comes from the Greek words Pan, which means ‘all’, and Akos, which means ‘cure’. Panax (English: panacea) therefore means ‘universal cure’. Ginseng is an essential base element of traditional Asian medicine, and it has been renowned for centuries in Asia.