Oak Bark is used to treat a range of sicknesses including diarrhea relief, varicose veins, and the cold or flu. This impressive tree certainly deserves its scientific Latin name of Quercus alba which means ‘fine tree’. Early settlers used the bark to treat numerous illnesses and to help heal wounds and skin problems. While the bark is considered to be the most beneficial part of the tree, the acorns have also been used to make a hot drink that could help control bowel conditions.

The white oak tree is a familiar sight to people in the eastern parts of North America. It is an extremely impressive tree both in terms of its imposing appearance and its longevity. It grows tall and can spread very wide when given the space to do so. They can live for a very long time with some specimens being over 450 years of age. While the tree itself is very impressive, it is the bark which contains many of the medicinal benefits that we may find of great use.

The Native Americans were long aware of the beneficial properties of the bark. They used it for antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory purposes before settlers to North America picked up the mantle and learned how to use it.


Preparation / Dosage

Internal use: Sprinkle a spoonful of oak bark with cold (about 200ml) water, cover the dish and leave overnight. In the morning tea process. This amount of tea is consumed during the day to sip.

External use: Boil a spoonful of oak bark with half a liter of water, process and use for grinding. For lining and baths of 20g (7 tablespoons ), spill with 1 liter of water, heat and let it boil for 10 minutes, then proceed.

Astringent Properties

White oak bark has astringent properties because of the high level of tannins present in its bark. Astringents work by constricting or shrinking the body’s tissues on the inside and the outside. Natural astringents like white oak bark have a variety of therapeutic benefits.

Internally, they can help treat bleeding, varicose veins and reduce diarrhea. They also perform some useful external functions and can help limit bleeding from the skin as well as other skin complaints like burns, bruises, wrinkles, and eczema. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties are also excellent for the skin.

Antiseptic Properties

The tannin content of the white oak bark is also responsible for its antiseptic properties which can help to prevent and treat both internal and external infections. The tannins bind with the proteins present in the tissues which help to stave off harmful pathogens and bacteria.

White oak bark has been effectively used against urinary tract infections, dysentery, and vaginal infections. To treat any internal problems, you can take white oak bark supplements in capsule, tincture or tea form.

For External Use

White oak bark can also be used externally to protect against skin infections and to help treat a number of skin issues. It has been successfully used to treat poison ivy and to soothe the pain and inflammation from bee stings and bug bites.

When applied to the skin, it may also help speed up the healing process from minor wounds, cuts, scrapes, and burns. It can even be a helpful natural remedy for mouth ulcers and herpes.

You can apply it directly to your skin or make a cold compress with white oak bark tea or liquid extract. An alternative is to add a cupful of dried bark to your bathtub and letting your skin soak it up.

Diuretic Properties

White oak bark also has natural diuretic properties meaning that it can help promote both the frequency of urination and the amount of urine you produce. Diuretics like white oak bark are a useful, natural alternative to pharmaceutical diuretic medication for those who would prefer to steer clear of pharmaceuticals. As a diuretic, white oak bark can help improve the health of your bladder, help treat urinary tract infections and even eliminate kidney stones caused by the build-up of uric acid in the bloodstream.

Respiratory Conditions

White oak bark can help to treat infections of the respiratory tract. Its saponin content means that it might have expectorant properties suitable for getting rid of mucus and phlegm from the respiratory system.

Oral Health

In the days before dentistry, the native Americans used white oak bark to help treat oral infections and other dental issues like gingivitis and toothache.

The bark contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can help prevent and treat oral infections as well as being an astringent that will help oral sores to heal. You can make a natural mouthwash by boiling up a cup of white oak bark tea and allowing it to cool.

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