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White Oak Bark (Quercus alba) – Dried Herb, Wildcrafted

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SKU: 12300

The Oak tree is one of the most loved trees in the world and is a symbol of strength, morale, resistance and knowledge.

White Oak Bark is native to eastern and central North America. The tree is about 60-150 feet tall. The bark is light and flat-ridged. The leaves are rounded and finger shaped. The flowering male catkins appear in the spring.  The fruit of the Oak is a nut called an acorn. The acorn is a seed, an embryo of a future tree wrapped in a hard shell.

North American Indigenous people used White Oak Bark for its astringent and antiseptic properties. The ancient Italians dedicated all Oak trees to Jupiter and celebrated many festivals to Jupiter when they prayed for rain. Many parts of the oak have been used as charms to bring rain and protection against fires. The Celts of ancient France thought of the Oak tree as sacred. They associated the Oak tree with Zeus and the name “Druid” means “ Oak men”.  At one time it was considered a crime to cut down an Oak tree as it was believed that the spirit that dwelled in the tree would be destroyed.

The astringent effects of the Oak were well known to the ancients and many different parts of the tree were used but it is the bark which is still used today.

Properties:

Oak Bark is astringent and the energy is cool and dry. The taste is bitter and the odour is slightly aromatic.  The strongest active component in Oak Bark is its tannins.

Traditionally it has been used topically for skin irritations, especially inflammatory conditions.  Oak has an affinity for the mouth and gums, wounds, burns and cuts. May be helpful as a tea for loose bowels. White Oak Bark can be used in baths, washes, infusions and tinctures.

How to use:

1 teaspoon of White Oak Bark to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day. Use up to 3 or 4 days.

Cautions & contraindications:

No known contradictions.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your health care provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.


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