Healing qualities of the oak tree
Disclaimer: this article contains affiliate links, which means that I receive a small commission for your purchase at no additional cost to you.
In ancient times, the oak tree was honoured. In many cultures, it was associated with thunder, lighting and the gods.
Folk names: White Oak, Duir, Jove`s Nuts, Juglans
The bark and the leaves of this majestic tree contain anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agents.
In traditional folk medicine, the tea of the leaves and the bark have been used both internally and externally.
There are many different species of oak trees. Use Red oak (quercus rubra) and Black oak (quercus velutina) only externally. White oak (quercus alba) or English oak (quercus robur) can be used both externally and internally.
How to identify red-, black- and white oaks?
The easiest way to tell the difference is to take a look at the leaves.
The leaves of the red and black oaks have pointed lobes, while white oaks and English oaks have smaller rounded lobes.
Also, the trunk of the black oak is more rough, while the red oak has a smoother trunk surface.
Collect the leaves before Midsummer. After that, the leaves contain too much alkaloid that makes the tea taste bitter. The bark should be collected in early spring from the branches (and never from the trunk).
There are many different species of oak trees. Use Red oak and Black oak only externally.
Prepare your tea in a non-aluminium pot and close the lid if possible.
Tea from oak tree leaves helps to treat fever symptoms, sore throat, phlegm in the lungs.
You can use it to heal sores, small wounds and skin irritations. It is an excellent hair rinse to treat dandruff and hair loss.
How to make a tea from the leaves:
Infuse about two teaspoons of shredded oak leaves in a cup of freshly boiled water for 20 minutes.
How to make a tea from the bark:
Simmer one tablespoon of bark in a pint of water for 10 minutes.
For a wound wash, use a greater amount of bark in less water.
Would you like to prepare your delicious and healthy oak leaves tea in a unique teapot with an oak tree design?
Matching mug is available (both items are customizable according to your needs) !
What about a travel mug with an inspiring quote?
Oak Tree Grove with Inspirational Quote Travel Mug
(All products are customisable, which means that you can add your own text or image).
Please visit my store for more unique and personalised products and gifts here
With warm wishes:
Learn more about the healing qualities of the oak tree and much more in this book: