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Herbs useful for treating memory disorders: Ginkgo.

Herb name: Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba

herbs - ginkgo

Family: Ginkgoaceae

Useful plant parts: Leaves

Description: Ginkgo is a deciduous tree which belongs to the gymnosperm group of plants. It can grow up to thirty meters in height. The leaves are located on relatively long petioles, they have a leathery surface and are usually somewhat bifurcated. Ginkgos have separate sexes, whereby only female trees produce seeds which have a yellow and fleshy outer layer.

   

Collecting period and locations: Ginkgo leaves are mostly collected during late summer. Afterwards, the leaves are dried in a warm and airy place. As for the locations, ginkgo can be found growing in the wild only in certain parts of Asia. In other parts of the world, it can be found in parks, along avenues and in botanical gardens. It is also often cultivated and used for decorative purposes.

Medicinal properties and applications: Ginkgo is known to dilate blood vessels, especially arteries which lie deeper in the body. This results in better circulation of the body, which is useful for treating various circulation problems. This also increases circulation of the brain, which improves memory and concentration. Ginkgo leaves are also useful for preventing arteriosclerotic problems. It has also been used in treating insomnia, since it also acts as a mild sedative.

   

Active compounds: Mainly flavones and glycosides.

Recipe: Ginkgo tea can be prepared by adding two full teaspoons of dried ginkgo leaves to about 1/4 liter of hot water. The mixture is then left for about fifteen minutes. Afterwards, the tea is strained and is ready to be used.

 

 

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