October Herbs – Time to Find a Ginkgo Tree
I see this as something to get excited about! Ginkgo is an herbal star when it comes to rejuvenating your body – heart, vision, memory – you name it. It promotes a long and healthy life.
If you need help locating a Ginkgo tree, check with your local plant nursery or Ag. Extension office. When you find one, if the leaves are still bright green come back later. If they’re a beautiful, light golden color and lying in piles on the ground, go ahead and start scooping them up. Yes, the leaves may seem somewhat dry and crunchy, but that’s what you want – this is no ordinary tree! Ginkgo is called a living fossil because it’s been around for about 270 million years, give or take a few.
In China, India, and Japan, people have used ginkgo for thousands of years to promote longevity. If you have any of over one hundred illnesses, you will benefit from using ginkgo. It increases circulation including blood flow to the brain, which improves memory, concentration, and dementia.
When you’ve gathered up a nice collection of golden leaves, take them home and try the following easy tea recipe. To store leaves for later use, see my article on drying herbs.
- Cut or tear golden ginkgo leaves into one-inch or smaller pieces. Pack down and measure about one quarter cup.
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a covered pan.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the ginkgo leaves. Stir until leaves are saturated.
- Cover and let steep for 15 minutes.
- Add honey or stevia if you like, and enjoy one or two cups per day, preferably when you wake up and at bedtime.
Ginkgo has no adverse side effects, but it does thin the blood, so don’t use it with blood thinners prescribed by your doctor. Also, stop using any of these at least one week before having surgery.