Herbal Remedies Made From
Ginkgo biloba is one of the most popular herbal remedies in
use today. It is also one of the oldest plants used in herbal
remedies. Many believe that Ginkgo biloba dates back to over
200 million years ago.
The plant is actually a tree. To be more exact, the Ginkgo
biloba tree is a deciduous conifer with separate male and
The Ginkgo biloba tree was first introduced in Europe in the
early 18th century where its popularity as a favorite
ornamental tree soared. In the 1980s, the plant began to become
very popular in Western medicine.
The Western interest in Ginkgo biloba began to grow when its
potent actions on the cardiovascular system were revealed.
Ginkgo biloba is comprised of several constituents. The
leaves are known to contain flavones glycosides, lactones,
sitosterol, bioflavones, and anthocyanins. Its seeds are rich
in minerals, fatty acids, and bioflavones.
The leaves of the Ginkgo biloba are known to relax blood
vessels, stimulate the circulatory system, and they have also
been noted for their anti-inflammatory properties. The leaves
are often used to treat circulatory diseases, and they are well
known for improving blood flow to the brain.
Recent research has demonstrated that ginkgo biloba is as
effective as many standard pharmaceutical drugs that are used
to treat severely irregular heartbeats. Other uses for the
Ginkgo biloba leaf include the treatment of varicose veins, leg
ulcers, and hemorrhoids.
The leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree also show promise for
helping reduce they symptoms of dementia that often accompany
Alzheimer's disease. The leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree have
now become firmly established in the herbal repertoire of all
herbalists. They are traditionally harvested in the summer
An Interesting Herb Fact
The Healing Beauty of Borage
The borage flower (Borago officinalis) is well known for its lovely blue color. The flowers have been used since Elizabethan times for both decoration and for its healing beauty. Recent modern research has shown that the plant may actually stimulate the adrenal glands, encouraging the production of adrenaline, that famous 'fight or flight' hormone that is responsible for getting our bodies geared up during the most stressful times in our lives. Herbalists describe the character of the borage...
The seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree are also used for herbal
remedies. The seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree are especially
popular in traditional Chinese medicine. In China, the seeds of
the Ginkgo biloba are called bai gou.
They are believed to act on the lung and
kidneys and are used to treat the symptoms of asthmatic
disorders and all chest problems that produce thick phlegm. The
seeds of the Ginkgo biloba are also believed to have a
tonifying effect on the urinary system. Many herbalists also
recommend the seeds to treat problems of excessive urination or
Tinctures, infusions and fluid extract from the
Ginkgo biloba leaves are commonly prepared by traditional
herbalists to treat a number of ailments. Fluid extract from
fresh Ginkgo biloba leaves are widely sold in Europe to treat
cerebral arteriosclerosis in the elderly.
Tinctures made from fresh Ginkgo biloba leaves
are combined with other herbs such as periwinkle and linden to
treat a number of circulatory problems. Many herbalists also
combine the leaves of Ginkgo biloba with king's clover to treat
venous disorders. Herbalists also use Ginkgo biloba to make an
infusion that can turned into a wash for hemorrhoids or
The leaves of the lemon balm plant are
believed to help relieve the symptoms of
depression and tension.
A few drops of lemon balm essential oil are
recommended as an antidote to depression.
It can be enough to "shock" someone with
depression out of their state.
Doctors recommend caution when taking Ginkgo
biloba. They recommend that you do not exceed the stated dose,
as too much can lead to skin disorders, headaches, and even
more serious disorders or problems.