Medical studies show that gingko leaf extract can treat a lot of health disorders and diseases such as asthma and bronchitis. These days, gingko leaf extract is also believed to have potentials in addressing dementia, multiple sclerosis, and skin problems. This is why gingko leaf extracts are made into tea. But while you can drink gingko tea to benefit from the tree’s medicinal effects, tea often serves only a portion of the leaf extract’s potency. To get the full benefits of gingko leaf extracts, you can chew the leaf itself. Here’s how to do it.
- Avoid drinking too much water before chewing gingko leaf. This is to keep you from feeling bloated. Gingko leaf is somewhat bitter, and if you feel bloated, it is harder for you to manage the bitter taste. If worse comes to worst, you might end up throwing up the leaf.
- Get a few pinches of gingko leaf. A few pinches are a good start, but if you think you cannot handle that amount, a pinch can serve you well. The rule here is to get only an amount you can manage, especially if it is your first time to chew gingko leaf. If you do it daily, you will naturally get used to the taste and might increase the amount at least every two days. Remember to never overwhelm yourself with a big amount; otherwise, you might not like to chew gingko leaf ever again.
- Chew gingko with salt or sugar. Because gingko is bitter, you may want to balance out the taste by having some salt or sugar. This will make gingko a little more tolerable. Take more salt or sugar if you want to completely even out the taste. After a few days, you can gradually decrease the amount until you can tolerate the bitterness without aid.
- Chew the gingko well. Make sure to thoroughly chew gingko to take out its oil. Chew for at least 30 seconds.
- Spit gingko out. When you know you already have extracted its oil, spew gingko out. Then, drink lots of water to wash out the bitter taste. Properly dispose of the chewed gingko.
- Chew gingko for at least once a day. Depending on your preference, you can chew gingko leaf once or many times a day. The good thing about chewing several times a day is that you can break your target daily intake into small amounts throughout the day.
Notice that gingko leaf extract may confer some side effects, which include headache, dizziness, stomach upset, and diarrhea. You can discontinue use if side effects worsen or if allergic reactions develop. To prevent any untoward incident, it is best to consult your physician before taking gingko leaf. This is especially important if you are taking prescription drugs. Although studies establishing the possible reactions of prescription drugs to gingko leaf extract are still underway, it is wise not to take them together. Gingko is an effective ancient herbal remedy, but you should consume it carefully.