Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo / Gingko Biloba)
Ginkgo/gingo biloba commonly known as the maidenhair tree is a native of China. A unique thing about this tree is that it is a living fossil that resembles fossils that date as much as 270 million years.
Ginkgo biloba is revered both as a food and medicine for its vasodilator, tonic, cordial, astringent, antitussive, antioxidant, anti-depressant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. The leaves, seeds, and roots have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for at least 3,000 years.
The Ginkgo biloba leaves contain flavonoids, ginkgolides, and bilobalide that help improve blood circulation, especially in the brain enhancing the oxygenation of this organ. There are enough studies that show conclusively that the leaves of Ginkgo improve blood circulation and cognitive functions.
It is also an excellent tonic for the eyes; it is a preventive for macular degeneration. Owing to its primary role in improving blood circulation, the Ginkgo biloba leaves are used to prevent and treat premature hair loss. The leaves are also known to increase libido in both men and women.
Among other health benefits, the Ginkgo biloba leaves offer is the alleviation of allergies and asthma owing to the 7 natural antihistamines and 12 anti-inflammatory compounds it contains.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!