Ginkgo is a tree that has been called a living fossil because though it exists today, its fossil evidence dates back 270 million years. As a matter of fact it is the only survivor in its evolutionary line, and the only plant in its family (Ginkgoacea). It was brought to America from China in the 1700s. It can survive freezing temperatures, drought conditions and heavy rainfall, however it doesn’t do well in arid climates.
Ginkgo belongs to a group of herbs known as adaptogens. This means it has a normalizing influence on the body as an agent that allows your body to counteract any adverse emotional, physical, chemical or biological stressor. perhaps it is that adaptability that helped it survived for 270 million years.
The ginkgo leaf is highly valued in its ability to increase circulation to the entire body as well as the brain. It helps the blood vessels to relax and to expand, allowing blood to circulate with ease. In addition, ginkgo biloba extract possesses properties that prevent cholesterol from to turning to plaque. This makes it an efficient tool to fight arthrosclerosis.
Recent studies with ginkgo have been promising in relationship to Alzheimer’s Disease and there are several theories on this. One is that it increases the circulation raising the oxygen level in the brain. It could also be due to ginkgo’s ability to help the body process cholesterol, preventing it from turning into plaque. Another theory is ginkgo’s capacity to neutralize free radicals that can ravage the brain.
People who have eye problems may also be interested in the benefits of ginkgo biloba. Retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration is an eye problem that may be cured by using ginkgo biloba tincture. Taking ginkgo leaf tincture by mouth seems to significantly improve symptoms of dizziness and balance disorders in some cases.
Ginkgo’s capability to increase circulation is useful in many circulatory diseases such as Reynaud’s syndrome. (An episodic condition characterized by a decrease in the blood supply to one or more extremities or digits.) Peripheral Vascular Disease, (a painful condition caused by blocked or limited blood circulation to the arms and legs)
Menopause brings with it a number of symptoms such as low libido, poor memory and cold hands and feet. Because of its beneficial effects in relieving these symptoms, more women are using Ginkgo biloba to ease their way throw this trying time.
Ginkgo is a very safe herb nevertheless it does have a thinning effect on the blood so other anticoagulants must be avoided while using ginkgo.
I use Ginkgo Biloba in my herbal tinctures, Happy Heart for supporting heart health, Migraine Remedy, self explanatory, and Wise Woman's Way for hormone balancing and menopausal relief.
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Improve circulation to head and face
The use of this formula is intended for those who experience severe headaches or migraines on a widespread basis. It stimulates blood flow throughout the head and facial region helping to oxygenate and return circulation to restricted vessels.
Suggestion: If you experience migraines weekly, follow dosing instructions (one dropper full per 50 lbs of body weight twice daily) If your migraines are infrequent, take Migraine Remedy as needed but double or triple your dose at the first sign of a migraine.
* Have you been diagnosed with migraine headaches?
* Do you have headaches often?
* Do you experience facial pain?
* Have you had a stroke or are you at risk of stroke?
* Do you become dizzy frequently?
* Is it difficult to be calm and think clearly?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may benefit from adding Migraine Remedy to your daily supplements.
Alternative uses of Migraine Remedy
* Improves circulation
* Promotes heart health
* Aids in digestion
* Encourages good bile flow
* Boosts memory
* It is an analgesic
Wise Woman's Way
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Wise Woman's Way
Wise Woman's Way is for women who want a safe and ethical form of hormone replacement therapy. There is no animal cruelty involved in the formulation of this tincture. It is made from safe, plant based hormones in their natural form.
* Are you having Heavy Menstruation (Menorrhagia)?
* Do you have Trouble Sleeping, Hot Flashes or Night Sweats?
* Have you been concerned with the health risks involved with animal based hormone therapy?
* Do you want an HRT that is cruelty free?
* Are you going through menopause or have you had a hysterectomy?
* Do you become dizzy with hot flashes?
* Do you have excessive cramping during your menstrual cycle?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may benefit from adding Wise Woman's Way to your daily supplements.
Alternative uses of Wise Woman's Way
Reduces nervousness and sleeplessness
Promotes respiratory health
Stimulates digestion and intestinal health
Restores libido and memory
Wise Woman's Way is a hormone balancing formula. Wild yam with a precursor of steroid hormones called diosgenin that allows your body to normalize hormone levels. The phytoestrogens in dong quai and blessed thistle work with the body's natural estrogen regulation. Whole herb black cohosh, damiana, hops and vitex have normalizing effects on estrogen and progesterone levels. Licorice, ginkgo and supports adrenal function. Siberian ginseng and burdock are adaptogens that increase energy and normalize the body’s systems.
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This tincture was specially formulated to help the heart. The herbs in Happy Heart help strengthen the heart muscle enabling it to beat more forcefully and efficiently. There are herbs in Happy Heart that help improve hypertension by dilating the arteries and improving circulation throughout the body.
* Do you have hypertension?
* Are you looking for a natural way to treat your heart without unwanted side effects?
* Do you have poor circulation or blocked arteries?
* Have you been told that you have arrhythmia?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could benefit by adding Happy Heart to your daily regimen.
Alternative Benefits of Happy Heart
* Improves eye health, including glaucoma.
* Tumor inhibitor
* High in antioxidants which prevent cell damage
* Improves circulation to the brain and extremities.
* Immune support and detoxifier
* Relaxes smooths and strengthens artery walls
Happy Heart is a safe and effective treatment to support heart heatlh. Coleus forskohlii relaxes the blood vessels and helps regulate blood pressure. Hawthorn Berries, strengthens arteries and reduces plaque build-up. Ginkgo biloba increases circulation to the eyes ears and brain, improving memory, hearing and vision. Bilberry is loaded with antioxidants and eases angina while nourishing the heart muscle. Ginger, an anti-inflammatory that reduces blood pressure and significantly decreases circulating lipids (fats). Prickly Ash stimulates the heart and capillary circulation, nourishes the heart and thus assists in overcoming congestion. Wood Betony helps stimulate proper functioning of your heart and prevents heart palpitations.