Mother Nature never ceases to amaze us. Looking at plants that can be used as effective medicine, we are truly impressed with the bark of the longevous white oak (Quercus Alba), a natural wonder used for centuries as herbal medicine to treat a range of conditions and illnesses. If you are as excited as us about using plants instead of medicine (when possible), read on to discover more about the miraculous oak bark.
What Makes It So Special?
Besides containing precious nutrients, such as iron, vitamin B12 and potassium, oak bark is rich in tannins (compounds with astringent and antiseptic properties also found in tea, cocoa and red wine).
Here is what this hardwood does to improve a few serious health issues:
- Treats bleeding, varicose veins and haemorrhoids by means of constricting the body’s tissues
- Protects and controls infections caused by viruses and bacteria, such as skin, bladder, venereal and vaginal infections
- Works on removing gallstones and kidney stones
- Effective when used as an expectorant to remove mucous and cure a sore throat.
Thanks to its astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, oak bark has long been used by many nations in healing wounds and different skin conditions. Applied topically, it stops bleeding, helps heal burns, cuts, eczema and bruises, and may even improve the appearance of wrinkles. Swelling and inflammation, together with fungal skin infections are also kept at bay.
How to Use It
You can either find oak bark as a liquid extract, or dry, to be used in infusions. This is also one of the active ingredients found in Jalue’s Ice Therapy Mini facials - a great place to start testing the benefits of oak bark alongside other valuable ingredients.