Latin name: Ginkgo Biloba
Plant family: Ginkgoceae
Active compounds: flavonoids, terpenoids, fytosterolen, tannins
Ginkgo, a beautiful tree that originates in China. Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest species on earth and can live for over thousand years. It survived all massive extinction and does not suffer from pollution and radiation and dates back 200 million years ago. Therefor the tree is also known as fossil tree or living fossil. Thanks to the little yellow fruits that grow on female trees and look a bit like apricots Ginkgo is also called: The Silver Apricot - in Chinese pronounced ‘yinxìng’ Gin, meaning Silver and kyo meaning apricot. These fruits are not edible. The Ginkgo has a special appearance and the leave is like a Japanese fan. The tree actually belongs to conifers. The leaves of the Ginkgo will turn yellow golden in late autumn and fall almost all at the same time.
Ginkgo is perfect to support the aging human. As the Ginkgo Biloba becomes so old, this shows me that it carries a lot of wisdom. It is a tree which for me is more significant for a grounding aspect and then shares very ancient knowledge. This knowledge is needed for whom the pace of life became too fast. The Ginkgo can support the ones that are forgetful. It is also said to be appropriate for someone that thinks he has seen it all and needs some more support in finding the joy of experience.
Due to widening the blood vessels, Ginkgo increases blood flow. Ginkgo improves memory and other cognitive skills. If you suffer memory weakness, ringing in the ears, headache try to use Ginkgo for two weeks. It is a great herb for recovery from cerebral hemorrhage, also for early stages of dementia and Alzheimer.
Flavonoids and terpenoids are antioxidants. They provide protection for our cells against oxidative damage. Ginkgo is mostly know for its effects on the blood circulation and positively effects brain, eyes and legs. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antibiotic qualities and may have positive outcome after longer term use for hay fever symptoms. Use for at least two weeks to experience its effect.
Ginkgo should not be used during pregnancy.
For result you have to use the Ginkgo at least for two weeks.
For the tincture you want to use only the leaves of the Ginkgo that just change their color. You want to harvest in the beginning of autumn, when they just turn beautiful golden.
I have created a beautiful and tasty tea blend for a workshop once with friend and yoga teacher Erica Jago. ‘a radiant heart and balanced thoughts’. The tea is a combination of Ginkgo, Rose, Lemon Balm and Elderberry.