While there are beneficial compounds in ginkgo leaves throughout the year, many traditions emphasize that the strongest medicine lies in the leaves after they’ve turned gold in fall. This tea is formulated to enhance memory, concentration, hearing, and eyesight by increasing healthy blood flow to the capillaries in and around your brain.
- 2 tablespoons ginkgo leaves
- 1 tablespoon gotu kola leaves
- 1 tablespoon bacopa leaves
- 1/2 tablespoon bilberries
- Add the leaves and berries to a glass quart canning jar.
- Pour hot water over the dry ingredients, filling the jar to the shoulder.
- Cover with a lid and steep for at least 20 minutes. For a stronger brew, you can steep the tea overnight.
- Strain, sweeten to taste, and enjoy; the tea is good hot or cold. Drink up to three times a day for the best results.
- Store unused tea in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days, then discard.
Learn more about the history of the ancient ginkgo in Ginkgo History: Gilded Fossil Trees.
Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist, author, speaker, and educator who homesteads with her family in central Ohio. Her book, Heal Local, is available from the Heirloom Gardener store.