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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oak Bark tincture 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 ‘good 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.
Over thousands of years, oak trees have been worshiped for their association with ancient gods and they have played an important role in traditional medicine of several different societies.
The White Oak Tree is native to the eastern United States. It is the symbolic state tree for both Illinois and Maryland.
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.
Internal use: Sprinkle a spoonful of oak bark with cold (about 200ml) water, cover the dish and leave overnight. Boil the tea in the morning and drink it during the day in small sips.
External use: White oak bark can also be applied topically to help with skin conditions and minor wounds. When applied to the skin, it can help stop bleeding while forming an antiseptic layer that protects the wound and allows for healing to take place with less risk of any infection.To make a compress, take as much oak bark as you need to cover the problematic area, boil it in half a liter of water, place the oak bark on the are of skin and wrap it in a gauze.
It can also be used as an antiseptic hemorrhoid or vaginal wash or douche.To make a wash, douche or add it to your bath, boil 3-7 spoons of oak bark in a liter of water for 10-20 minutes and then use the water.
Pastes made with oak bark extract, flour and water can also help to draw out stings or splinters because of its astringent qualities.
Precaution: It is not recommended that you take white oak bark extracts for more than 2 weeks at a time and that you should always follow the dosage guidelines. It should not be necessary to take the supplement for more than 3 or so days to treat a complaint like diarrhea and the long-term use of the herb can cause some side effects.
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