Posted on Feb 3, 2017 | 2 comments

When we moved into this little place three years ago there was so much to explore – almost four acres and every nook and cranny held a surprise. On one corner was a sweet little herb garden tucked neatly behind a small coy pond ~ echinacea, mullen, chickweed, thyme among other herbs. In another corner were early risers such as iris’ and daffodils and in another corner – well, actually in the middle of the front yard – was a GINKGO TREE!!! Can you believe that? A ginkgo tree!!! Who does that? But she hails tall and bold in the front yard and her beautiful and healing leaves speak to me in a way none of the other trees on the property do.

Last fall I gathered a basketfull of fresh leaves and dried them carefully. I’ve been making a tea with them every so often and knew they were good for ‘something‘.  And today as I was doing a bit of research I just happened to run across some great info on this ancient wonder. Hope you enjoy.

Circulation: Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

The stately gingko tree is said to have existed over 200 million years. Well, I don’t beleive its really 200 million years, but you know it’s a really, really long time! They come been cultivated since the 15th cnetury in China where the leaves were said to ‘benefit the brain’.  They are said to treat lung disorders, coughs and asthma symptoms as well as clearing up that diarrhea that comes from being sick. Today, the ginkgo products are probably some of the best-selling herbal medicines! Most of the commercial leaf production in the states actually comes from plantations in South Carolina, France and of course, China.

There are actually over 400 scientific studies that support ginkgo research on its benefits of increasing circulation to the extremities and the brain. The unique compounds that cause these health benefits are called flavone glycosides and ginkgolides.  They inhibit the development of inflammation and respiratory disorders and it is like a strong antioxidant. many are very excited about its properties in age-related diseases. You may want to do some more research on your own and incorporate this little gem into your own health regime.

2 Comments

  1. 2-19-2017

    Thank you Pam. Great article. I saw a Ginkgo tree in the Botanical garden in St. Louis. It was huge and gorgeous. The leaves are very distinctive. I use the herb in capsule form and find it does help greatly with circulation. If you are traveling, it helps prevent venous thrombosis, clots from sitting too much. It thins the blood, which may be dangerous if you are on blood thinners. If not it seems safe to assist circulation now and then. Also find it helpful to take before a late afternoon church service – helps keep you alert and energetic. Take it with Hawthorne berry for heart strengthening. shalom.

    • 2-21-2017

      Thank you for that info Elaine – I have one growing in my front yard! We were astounded to find that someone planted one when they originally built this house. Love watching our friend the Ginkgo change colors through the season…She’s a mighty one all by herself. Thanks for the info!

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