Ginkgo Leaf Symbolic Meaning, Spiritual And Healing Effect
It is a symbol of primordial life force. Ginkgo is a tree with an enormous power. He survives atomic explosions, helps against MS, cardiovascular diseases, dementia and the aggravation of diabetes and Alzheimer’s. The tree can live for thousands of years.
The ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) is considered a living fossil. It has no known living relatives and has experienced small changes for millions of years. In fact, Ginkgo biloba is the oldest surviving tree known to exist, with an agricultural history spanning more than 200 million years. This demonstration of resilience, combined with age, makes the tree representative of various symbolic meanings throughout the world.
The Ginkgo stands for resilience, hope, peace, love, magic, timelessness, and long life. Ginkgo is also associated with duality, a concept that recognizes the feminine and masculine aspects of all living things and is often expressed as yin and yang.
In Japan, he is often next to temples. One of the ginkgo trees that survived the explosion of the Hiroshima atomic bomb stands at a location near the center of the blast in an area now known as the Park of Peace. Dubbed the “bearer of hope,” the tree has prayed for peace engraved in the bark.
Ginkgo leaf religious and healing effect
In China, there is a ginkgo tree that is thought to be 3500 years old, and in South Korea, there is thousand-year-old ginkgo at the Yon Mun temple, with a height of 60 meters and a trunk diameter of 4.5 meters. These trees are descended from a family that is more than 300 million years old. The proof of this can be found in fossils with the same leaf print as the Ginkgo of today.
The tree has survived the millions of years of evolution without undergoing significant changes and is therefore called a living fossil.
The ginkgo seeds and trees
The ginkgo seeds and trees were already taken from China by seafarers to Europe. Around 1925 the Dutch East India Company also took these exotics back on their journey to the Netherlands. These seeds or small trees ended up in the Hortus botanicus in Utrecht, and an attempt was made to multiply them. The trees were also studied with great respect in the hope that they would discover the medicinal effect of the tree.
The use of the Ginkgo leaf
As all the large trees worldwide were seen by the first people as sacred trees, the Ginkgo has been worshiped through the ages. Until today, Ginkgo is seen as a holy tree in Japan. Since prehistoric times, all kinds of rituals have been held under the trees and worshiped up to today. Whether it was spiritual forces, spirits, or gods who moved into the tree, they were worshiped, and the tree was handled with great care.
Our ancestors in Europe also honored large trees, but also smaller trees in those days. The birch, but also bushes like the elder, were revered in rituals. Because there were no temples, churches, or statues yet, they especially worshiped the trees that grew into giants and attached great spiritual powers to them because their roots were in the underworld, and the branches reached to heaven (upper world).
In their customs and rituals, they also demonstrated their worship of these trees or spirits. There was also justice under the most massive trees. In addition, healing rituals for the sick took place under the tree, performed by a druid or other kind of prayer healer.
Japan and nature religion
Japan is one of the few islands or countries where other religions from other countries were not or hardly ever introduced, with the exception of Buddhism. For example, it was not permitted for missionaries to come ashore, and animism continued to this day. Especially the large trees like the Ginkgo or Sequoia are honored by touching the trunk by hand.
However, the Buddhist temples and statues in Japan have taken over the lake from animism, since around 600 AD. Buddhism from outside was introduced and incorporated into the animistic faith.
Medicinal properties of the Ginkgo
In China and Japan, the seeds and leaves of the Ginkgo are still used for its therapeutic effect. In 3000 BC, the medical use of ginkgo leaf was first described in China. For example, the ginkgo nut could already be used for better digestion and serve as medicine for the heart, lungs, better libido, and more resistance to bacteria and fungi. The leaves were also used but were used as a facial steam bath to cure asthma, cough, or cold.
Recent research has shown that the oils pressed from ginkgo leaves increase blood flow, in particular also that of the brain. Ginkgo improves learning, remembering, concentration, and mental performance in general. For example, it has been scientifically established that an extract of ginkgo leaves significantly improves the spiritual condition of demented patients. People with a starting Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s also seem to have a bath.
What else is it good for?
Ginkgo helps against impaired hearing and vision, and almost all types of brain damage (such as TIAs, bleeding from the brain, or brain injury). The Ginkgo is also used to remedy ailments that are due to slow blood flow such as winter feet, cerebral infarctions, and dizziness.