The ginkgo is a living fossil, dating back 270 million years. At the end of the Pliocene, ginkgo fossils disappeared from the fossil record everywhere except in a small area of central China, where the modern species survived.
In traditional medicine, the ginkgo biloba plant has been touted to aid in memory function and circulation. Ginkgo leaves contain more than 40 compounds, two of which have shown antioxidant benefits: flavonoids and terpenoids. The former protect blood vessels and nerves from damage, while the latter help dilate the blood vessels and improve blood flow. Making your own tea from the leaves can help you capture these brain benefits in a warm, soothing drink.
Ginkgo leaf has been taken for respiratory problems for many centuries, but it is now widely used as an aid to circulation, too. Taking Ginkgo leaf is considered to help patients suffering from claudication and also can help increase blood flow. The ginkgo leaf herb is also used to prevent muscle pains, cramping or degeneration, and has been used in connection with the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Ginkgo leaf can also assist those who suffer from mental health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, panic attacks, depression, mood swings, loss of short term memory and ADD.
The Ginkgo leaf has been shown to assist in patients with impotence or erectile dysfunction, and it benefits vascoactivity in other areas of the body. Studies have also shown that people who suffer with ear problems such as vertigo, tinnitus, and travel sickness may also benefit from taking the herb.
Brewing instruction: Place five whole, fresh ginkgo leaves (or 1 tsp. of crushed, dried leaves) into the bottom of a tea cup. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a tea kettle. Pour the water into the cup over the ginkgo leaves. Cover the tea cup with a saucer and allow the leaves to steep for 10 minutes. Uncover, pull the leaves out of the cup with a spoon and enjoy. Have 2 or 3 cups every day.