Originally native to parts of Asia, including Japan, Korea and China, the Ginkgo Biloba tree or Maidenhair tree can grow up to 25 metres in length and has fan-shaped leaves. This prehistoric flora is known for its natural healing abilities and is the only living species of Ginkgophyta, a genus of highly unusual non-flowering plants.
Ginkgo biloba may support brain health, with studies showing it may improve aspects of cognitive function such as short-term memory, and speed of cognitive processing. For over 3,000 years Ginkgo leaf have been used in Chinese medicine for treating the heart, lungs, asthma, toxic shock syndrome as well as various circulatory disorders.
Parts of the tree have been used for a very long list of ailments, most likely due to the age of the species.
If you’re thinking of trying ginkgo leaf, don’t forget to consult your naturopath or local doctor before proceeding.