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20 Health Benefits of The Oak Tree | Uses and Remedies

by Andreea Laza

In all the cultures of the world trees symbolize life as well as a rich resource for health.

Romania makes no exception.

In traditional Eastern Europe villages, trees are considered the source of “universal remedies” that people make from their roots, bark, leaves, buds and flowers.

History of The Oak Tree

Its history is surrounded in mythology and legends.

Dacians, Celts, Germanic tribes and Romans have all venerated oak as being the tree of the Gods.

It was regarded as a male tree, characterized through strength and endurance. Its ample and rich crown has been the witness of many trial gatherings in ancient times.

The oak was also used as an oracle, and the wise would decode the messages from the Gods from the rustle of its leaves.

Oak Uses

Oak tree has been used in very many old remedies.

Pliny the Elder mentioned in Naturalis Historia that acorns could be ground and mixed with flour to make bread.

Famous nun Hildegard von Bingen (XII century) has noted that acorns shouldn’t be consumed by humans, since they are very fattening.

Still, during the scarce times of war, people used acorn flour as a coffee replacement. Today, we once again see that oak acorns are used again as coffee substitute.

Round and roasted acorns make great natural remedies for diarrhea for example, although phytotherapy uses the bark of the oak mostly.

There is a giant pharmacy hidden beneath the bark of a tree, with tons of miracle cures, which we will present to you right now.

Here you have 20 Health Benefits of Oak that we’re sure you didn’t know about.

Oak Tree Uses Natural Remedies


20 Oak Tree Health Benefits – Natural Remedies

Oak is spread throughout the European continent, in mixed deciduous forests, in altitudes not higher than 600-700 m.

The oak tree blooms in April and May and in favorable conditions, can reach 1000 years.

This tree is also easy to cultivate; it loves humus rich and loose grounds and although it grows steady, it may take quite some time.

1. Oak Parts for Remedies:

  • bark (Cortex quercuum)
  • leaves (Folium queercum)
  • berries/acorns (Glandes queercum)

2. Oak Harvest Time:

  • bark (March to May)
  • leaves (May to June)
  • berries/acorns (September to November)

3. Oak Active Substance:

  • tannins

4. Oak Effects/Properties:

  • astringent
  • anti inflammatory
  • hemostatic
  • anti diarrhea
  • disinfecting
  • general tonic
  • healing/scarring
  • tissue fortifier
  • anti sudorific

Internal Uses of Oak Tree

Used internally, oak is amazing for:

  • hyper acidic gastritis
  • gastro-duodenal ulcers
  • diarrhea
  • enteritis
  • melena
  • hemorrhoids
  • anemia
  • rickets

4 Home Remedies with Oak for Gastric Conditions

  • Add 2 tsp of minced oak bark in 1 cup of cold water.
  • Boil the mix for 20-30 minutes.
  • Drink 2 cups of unsweetened tea per day in between meals.

Another way to use oak for the gastric and intestinal conditions is this.

  • Boil 2 tsp of oak bark powder in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Leave the tea to cool off for a bit with a lid on.
  • Drink 1-2 cups per day.

Third remedy with oak for diarrhea and regulate bowel movements is this.

  • Make a coffee with 1 tsp of ground and roasted acorns.
  • Drink 1 cup of unsweetened oak coffee every morning on an empty stomach.
  • It will help you regulate your bowel movements if you’re faced with diarrhea.

Another health benefit of oak is for anemia and rickets.

  • Make a decoction with 1 tsp of ground and roasted acorn (powder) per cup of hot water.
  • Boil it for 1-2 minutes and strain.
  • Have 2-3 cups per day.

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Read Also: 14 Natural Remedies for Anemia


External Health Uses of Oak with Recipes

1. Hemorrhoids Remedy

Prepare a decoction with:

  • 20-30 g of minced oak bark per 1 L of water
  • boil for 5 minutes and then cover the pot
  • let the water cool down until lukewarm and then strain well
  • bathe locally using an anal irrigator

This remedy is also amazing for treating frostbite.

2. Leucorrhoea Remedy with Oak

Make a decoction with:

  • 2 tbsp of minced oak bark per cup of water
  • do vaginal washes twice a day

Do one in the morning and the other wash in the evening, right before bedtime.

3. Gingivitis Remedy with Oak Tree

Make an oak tincture with:

  • 10 g oak bark and 100 ml of alcohol in a glass bottle
  • soak for 10 days, and shake the bottle well 2-3 times per day
  • strain and pour into small, dark colored glasses.
  • seal with a cork.

Use the oak tincture for gargles, by adding 10-15 drops of tincture in 1 cup of cold water (room temperature). Rub the gums and rinse well afterwards.

You can also use oak for tooth ache.

  • make a tea by adding 3-4 tsp of powdered oak bark in 250 ml of water.

Rinse your mouth with this decoction, no matter what oral condition you suffer from

4. Dried Up Breast Milk

Oak tree bark has anti galactagogue effect. If you have low lactation while pregnant, you can use oak as follows:

  • make an oak decoction with 2-3 tbsp minced oak bark in 1 cup of water.
  • apply local warm poultices with this oak decoction

5. Rhinopharyngitis, Acute or Chronic Pharyngitis

For rhinopharyngitis and acute or chronic pharyngitis use warm oak tea for gargles, 2-3 times every day.

  • make a tea by adding 3-4 tsp of powdered oak bark in 250 ml of water.

You can also use it to pad frostbites.

6. Hair Fall Remedy with Oak Decoction

  • add 4 tsp of oak bark powder in 250 ml of hot water and make a decoction.
  • pad the roots of your hair all across your scalp.

You can also use it for scalp baths or frictions on a weekly basis or 2 times a week.

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Health Uses of Oak Leaves, Flowers and Acorns

1. Oak Fumigation for Energy Cleansing

For this preparation you need sand, a heat resistant pot and charcoal.

Dry, mince and mix together:

  • 1 part oak leaves, oak flowers, sage, nettle seeds, wild mint
  • 3 parts larch raisin
  • Place ¼ tsp of the mix on a piece on a heated charcoal.

The charcoal will soon start to fumigate. You’ll need a feather or a paper to direct the smoke towards the walls of the house.

Start with the east oriented walls of the house.

The smoke cleansing process will end at an open door or window, where the negative energies that have gathered in the house will leave the house.

When you are done, open up the windows to air the entire house really well.

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2. 100% Natural Anti-Sweat Foot Spray with Oak Leaves

For this, you will need:

  • 5 fresh oak leaves
  • a tiny bit of wild thyme and sage
  • ¼ L of water
  • 1 tsp sodium bicarbonate

Finely chop the oak leaves and the wild sage and thyme and place them in a pot.

Pour the hot water over them, let the tea cool down and then strain it well. Add the sodium bicarbonate in a 100 ml capacity spray bottle.

Fill up the rest of the bottle with the herbal tea, seal and shake well. There you have your own natural anti sweat foot spray ready to use.

Attention! The spray can leave brown colored stains on your whiter colored shoes!

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3. Healthy Coffee Alternative with Oak Acorns

You’ll need some oak acorns, water and cardamom. Peel of the bark from the acorns and finely cut their inside. Roast it on medium heat in a pan without oils.

Leave it to cool down and then use a mortar to turn it into a flour. Keep the acorn flour in a sealed jar.

Oak Acorns Coffee Recipe

  • Boil 1 tsp of this powder into 1 cup of hot water and bring to a boil.
  • Add a pinch of cardamom powder.
  • You can add your milk of choice for extra flavor.

It is easier to peel the acorns if you soak them for 1 day in water.

Basically their peel will pop off and you can easily get the inside. By doing this, the acorn flour will taste less bitter as well!

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Read Also: Maple Tree Uses, Benefits and Home Remedies


Oak Uses in Folk Medicine

Lately, the usage of oak bark and especially oak leaves has become less popular.

However, a few decades ago it these parts were used for treating a lot of conditions.

  1. The bark and the acorns were used for treating spleen and liver hypertrophy caused by alcohol abuse.
  2. In children, they were used to treat and prevent rickets and scrofula.
  3. Herbal doctors recommend oak bark decoction sits baths for women who suffer from vaginal discharge. The effects are immediate.
  4. Oak bark, acorns and even leaves were used for soothing malaria symptoms.
  5. Oak was successfully used in treating uterine prolapse and hemorrhoids as well.
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