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Oak bark is the bark from several types of oak trees. It is used to make medicine. Oak bark is used as a tea for diarrhea, colds, fever, cough, and bronchitis; for stimulating appetite; and for improving digestion. Some people apply oak bark directly to the skin in a compress or add it to bath water for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the skin, mouth, throat, genitals, and anal region; and for red itchy skin due to cold exposure (chilblains). How does it work? Oak bark contains tannins, which might help treat diarrhea and inflammation.
ITEM CODE #2588
Standardized: white oak
Quercus alba L.
Plant Family: Fagaceae
The oak's botanical name quercus comes from the Celtic words quer (fine) and cuez (tree).
Starch, tannins, resins, calcium oxalate, quillaic acid.
Dried or toasted bark. Gentle dry heat increases the concentration of volatile oils in the bark. Bark, ground before storage. Gentle heating concentrates healing volatile oils in oak bark pieces, but destroys volatile oils in oak bark once it has been powdered.
Baths, washes, infusions, teas, tinctures.
Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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