The Great Red Oak Tree
Did you know that the Red Oak Tree is not only a gorgeous sight to see, but also incredibly medicinal in nature, specifically in its bark? Read on to learn about this great, healing tree...
The Red Oak (Quercus rubra) is a tall tree, reaching heights of more than 70 feet. It grows in hardiness zones of 5 through 8. The leaves have a distinguishing pointed look and offer colorful autumn foliage.
Red Oak, also known as North Red Oak is native to North America.
Various parts of this tree proved to be quite useful to several Native Americans. The bark holds a rich history of medicinal application, often used as a powerful astringent for treatment of throat and mouth infections, as well as irritated, bleeding gums.
Oak bark tinctures and extracts have been studied for use in the support of ridding kidney infections, as well as kidney stones.
The Ojibwa Indians used oak bark for heart and bronchial health.
USDA states, “Northern red oak is an important source of hardwood lumber. The wood is close-grained, heavy, and hard; it machines well and accepts a variety of finishes. It is used for furniture, veneer, interior finishing, cabinets, paneling, and flooring as well as for... posts and railway ties.”
Preparation Methods: Oak bark can be brewed into an astringent decoction that can be taken as a tea, or used in skin or mouthwashes. Use it in a cold compress for mild burns and cuts. Oak bark powder can be used in toothpaste.
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Red Oak Bark (for tea): https://www.pennherb.com/red-oak-bark-cut-1-286c1
Tree Info. USDA: https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_quru.pdf
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