Day: October 29, 2012

The Ginkgo Biloba Tree

Ginkgo is an absolutely fascinating herb, magically speaking. For one, it is the only tree on the planet that has survived basically unchanged since the dinosaur age. For another, it’s not too much of a stretch to look at the leaf shape and see one half of the hemisphere of the human brain. Indeed, the ancients saw this correlation and as a result, the leaf has been used as a brain food for centuries, both in medicine and in magic. Lastly, it is a tree that can survive for 1,000 years or more, making it a true “Tree of Life.

Due to its age, Ginkgo is considered an elder with high magical energy, and is used in longevity and age spells. A tradition is to plant a Ginkgo on the occasion of births to ensure long life, and in death to ensure longevity in the peaceful afterworld.

Ginkgo is also considered an aphrodisiac and fertility herb, and can be used in love and fertility spells to these ends. Indeed, Ginkgo seeds are sometimes substituted for Lotus seeds at weddings due to this property. One legend has it that if a girl sits under a male Ginkgo tree on a moonlit night, combs her hair and makes a wish, her wish will come true.

Wood from Ginkgo trees can be carried for healing, and the leaf can be used in healing rituals. Also try a tea for healing and for mental acuity before an examination or important business dealing.

Ginkgo Biloba is one of the most popular herbal remedies in use today. Like many other herbs, our ancestors have known of and taken advantage of its healing properties for centuries. Doctors recommend caution when taking this herb, as it is extremely potent. Symptoms of overuse include skin disorders, headaches, and other issues. Taken with respect for dosing guidelines, and awareness, Ginkgo Biloba can vastly enhance your alternative healing medicine cabinet.

The Ginkgo Biloba tree is the sole survivor of an entire genus of related trees, and therefore truly in a class all by itself. Fossil records indicate this tree flourished before and during the dinosaur era. Unlike the dinosaurs, and many other life forms, Ginkgo Biloba survived virtually unchanged. Aside from being an incredible survivor, the nature of this tree runs contrary to almost every other plant on Earth. To begin, it is a deciduous conifer; meaning its leaves fall off every year, unlike a pine tree. The Ginkgo tree also comes in female and male genders; with the later having motile sperm. In modern times, there are only a few samples of wild trees reported to be left in the Shandong province of China. Not only are some of these trees reputed to be over 3,000 years old, they sport aerial roots that took hundreds of years to develop.

The Ginkgo Biloba tree was first introduced in Europe in the early 18 th century where it gained immense popularity as an ornamental tree. In the 1980s, researchers discovered the potent effect extracts from this tree have on the cardiovascular system.

Almost every part of the tree has medicinal properties. The leaves are known to contain flavones glycosides, lactones, sitosterol, bioflavones, and anthocyanins. The main therapeutic function is the relaxation of blood vessels and stimulation of the circulatory system. Hence, the observation that Ginkgo improves mental function, as it improves blood flow in the brain. Continued research on this front holds promise for isolating a compound that will reduce, or perhaps even alleviate the symptoms of dementia that often accompanies Alzheimer’s disease. Fluid extract from fresh Ginkgo Biloba leaves are already widely sold in Europe to treat cerebral arteriosclerosis in the elderly.

Recent research has demonstrated that ginkgolide, a compound found in the leaves, is as effective as many standard pharmaceutical drugs currently used to treat irregular heartbeats. 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 the Ginkgo tree with king’s clover to treat venous disorders.

Other uses for the Ginkgo Biloba leave include the treatment of varicose veins, leg ulcers, inflammations, and hemorrhoids. For these ailments, herbalists make an infusion that can be turned into a wash.

The Ginkgo Biloba seeds are also rich in minerals, fatty acids, and bioflavones. The seeds are especially popular in traditional Chinese medicine, and 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 tree are also believed to have a toning effect on the urinary system, and are useful in the treatment of excessive urination, or incontinence.

The Ginkgo Biloba tree has become firmly established in the repertoire of all herbalists. Researchers today are confirming a wealth of healing properties for the cardiovascular system. With careful attention to dosing guidelines, the Ginkgo Biloba can be safe, effective, and reliable in treating various illnesses.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Magical Monday – Will

WOW!!! This is the oddest thing ever … ok well maybe not ever .. but it certainly is an odd part of today!

So, today is Monday and as usual it’s time for me to post something for Magical Mondays. First I set off to see if there was something magical I could capture through my camera lense.. but nothing really clicked for me. I then went to my Vision Quest deck to see if something magical would pop up there and this is what happened next!

I took out the deck and began shuffling, thinking about Magical Mondays.. hoping something inspirational would arise from the deck to help me out this morning. I shuffled and shuffled and at the end  of my shuffling I looked down at the deck and this card was laying on top.. face up. I said to the card, “now what are you doing there .. get back into the deck” .. so I popped it back into the deck, shuffled a bit more and then thought .. I know I will take this deck to someone else and let them just pull a card… guess what card they pulled… yep! This one! CRAZY!

So here we go:
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2 of Fire – Will

The message reads: You don’t need to manipulate anything in or outside of yourself. If you stay centered now, everything will turn out well.

Your present task is to find the good will that nature gave you and let it do the work you used to take upon yourself.
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You see I began the day with struggle.. I struggled against my own nature and against my own self trust to find the words needed for today’s magical post. Just when I thought I had nothing, Spirit showed me that magic is everywhere and in everything. How else do you explain the card laying face forward and on top of my deck, being pushed back into the deck and then being pulled right back out by another. MAGIC!

When a message is meant to be known.. then it will make it’s way known by any means possible… the will of Spirit here has prevailed and the message has come across to us all now.

Trust ourselves, trust in our own will.. stay focused and what needs to be done … will be done and with a whole lot less effort than we imagined. 

Many Blessings,
Raventalker