Also known as the Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo is a unique species of tree with no known living relatives. It is a living fossil, which basically means that its only close relatives these days are also fossils.
In short, Gingko is very old indeed!
Perhaps because of the species’ considerable age of at least 270 million years, the Chinese have always venerated the Ginkgo for its longevity. But it has other reputed medicinal benefits as well.
Traditionally, Ginkgo has been used to improve circulation, and thus memory, as well as to aid heart and vascular health in general, as it is said to help dilate blood vessels and clogged arteries.
Perhaps this is why in Chinese medicine Ginkgo has been used to help treat a range of diverse ailments, including asthma, memory-loss, vertigo and also tinnitus via its beneficial effects on the vascular system.
Chinese medicine also holds that Ginkgo can help reduce oxidative cell damage due to its antioxidant properties, and thus can help slow the effects of ageing.
To make a tea: Use 1 teaspoon of Earthfare Organic Ginkgo Biloba Leaf to 1 cup of boiled water and steep for 5 – 7 minutes before straining and drinking.
For further information on the properties and use of Ginkgo we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.