Ginkgo Biloba Tree Antioxidant Medicine that Combats Urban Pollution

I was sad to see the Linden tree in my front yard get cut down, but it was very old, diseased and large, and had to go because it posed a threat. I however, am very happy to see a Ginkgo biloba tree take its place! I love Ginkgo and I thought I would share what this truly amazing tree can do!

Ginkgo biloba: Golden leaves in fall

Ginkgo is the oldest surviving tree on the planet. The fossil records date back to at least 200 million years, making it the world’s oldest living fossil that existed with dinosaurs.

It is not only the only remaining species of its family, but also of its entire class! It is native to eastern Asia, but there are no longer any wild populations. It is a sacred tree of Buddhism and is medicinally used world-wide. We can thank Buddhist monasteries for saving this tree from extinction.

Ginkgo is now planted worldwide and is the perfect tree for urban environments, because it is slow-growing and filters pollution. There is plenty of research on its antioxidant properties, which improve neurological conditions, memory, concentration and vascular conditions.

Nuts or seeds from the female trees are also edible after the removal of the toxic flesh,  which emits a strong obnoxious odour.

Yellow Ginkgo Leaf in fall

Herbal Monograph

Latin Name Ginkgo biloba
Family Ginkgoaceae
Parts Used Perennial tree leaves are best picked in the late summer or early fall when the fan-shaped leaves are starting to turn from green to gold. The gold leaves are used so that it lessens some toxic constituents. Best used as a standard extract or in a formulation.
Target Organs Cardiovascular, circulatory, CNS, adrenals,
Common Uses Vascular conditions: arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, stroke, poor circulation, spasms of blood vessels, intermittent claudication, haemorrhoids, varicose veins,Heart conditions: ischemia, symptoms,

Neurological conditions: poor memory, poor concentration, mental fatigue, dementia, Alzheimer’s, vertigo, tinnitus,

Adrenals depleted: fatigue, adrenal exhaustion Nuts or seeds from female trees are also edible after the toxic flesh is removed, which emit a strong obnoxious odour.


Properties adrenal vascular tonic, antineurotoxic, antioxidant, cardiac, bronchodilator, antithrombotic, vasodilator (neural)2nd properties: adaptogen, antiallergenic, anti-cardiotoxic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, astringent, nervine,  general vasodilator, demulcent,
Constituents Flavonoids: (heterosides, quercetin, kaempferol, isorhamnetin, coumarin esters, proanthocyanidins, catechins)Terpenoids: ginkolides, bilobalide, sciadopitysin, ginkgetin, bilobetin) organic acids, Vitamin C, rutin, SOD, sterols, carotenoids
Cautions Avoid use during pregnancy. Do not use with blood thinner medication, anticoagulants like aspirin, warfarin and NSAID’s- may increase risk of bleeding. Do not use with MAOI’s or anticonvulsant medication. In rare cases gastrointestinal upset or headache may occur. Use gloves to harvest nuts.


Please consult a qualified professional before undertaking any natural health remedies.



2 Comments to “Ginkgo Biloba Tree Antioxidant Medicine that Combats Urban Pollution”

  1. My old house had a big Ginkgo tree in the backyard. It sounds funny, but when I moved, I really missed that tree! The heart shaped leaves are so pretty.

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