Oak (Quercus robur, otherwise known as English Oak)
The English Oak is common in Europe and can live to be 1,000 years old. This graceful tree with its distinctive leaves is a favorite shade tree. The tree had special significance to the Druids, the Romans and the Greeks. It is a very slow-growing tree that can reach great size if given enough time. Still prized as a fine wood, it continues to be treasured for building fine furniture.
Key Medicinal Uses
Internally Oak is antibacterial and is used for treating diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, hemorrhoids and varicose veins. It has also been helpful in treating digestion problems, strep throat, tonsillitis and ulcers.
Externally Oak is astringent, and makes a good skin toner. It can also help with problem skin. Eczema and burns fall under its range of ailments. The herb has blood clotting qualities and comes in handy for nosebleeds. It can also be applied to bleeding gums.
Other Uses The timber from the tree is used to make fine furniture and household items. Barrels made from the tree are often preferred for aging wine and other spirits. The wood has also been used to tan leather. Acorns from the tree have been ground into flour and eaten.
Herbs to Combine/Supplement
When mixed with chamomile flowers, the herbal remedy can be very effective for fever.
Bark, galls The bark and the galls, the growths found attched to the tree trunks caused by various parasytic activity, are both used medicinally. Astringent and full of tannins, this herb is usually taken as a decoction or in powdered form that can be put in capsules, ointments and other remedies.
There are currently no known contraindications for taking this herbal remedy. It is good practice however to limit the duration that you take tannins, so be sure and take breaks from taking any of these herbal products to let your body rest.
Preparation and Dosage
The most common dosage for oak is to take 2 capsules 2 to 3 times per day, unless you are directed differently by your herbalist.