WHITE OAK BARK (Quercus Alba)
White Oak Bark is native to England and has been naturalized in eastern North America, where it is found mainly in the East. It grows as high as 100 feet and can live as long as 1,000 years. The trees are often used as a timber whose beauty is valued in the making of cabinets, tables, and other furniture. Oak trees also bear Acorns, which were a staple in the American Indian diet, sometimes leached, dried and ground into flour. The Indians often gathered the Acorns and stored them to ensure a CONTINUAL winter food supply.
White Oak Bark has been an important herb used by Native American cultures for hundreds of years as a medicine to treat wounds and intestinal problems. White Oak Bark is one of the STRONGEST Natural Astringent Herbs available. It provides not only GREAT Astringent properties, but Anti-inflammatory and Antiseptic properties as well.
White Oak Bark provides Vitamin B12 and Minerals like Calcium, Iron, Manganese and Zinc. White Oak Bark is also RICH in Tannin (Tannic Acid) and Bioflavonoids (Quercetin). Tannin is present in the bark at approximately 11%, and accounts for White Oak Bark's bitter and Astringent qualities. White Oak Bark's Astringent properties, plus ACTIVE Blood-Clotting agents (Bioflavonoids) tighten tissues and strengthen Blood Vessels, making it IDEAL for treating Leukorrhea, Chronic Nosebleeds, Hemorrhoids, Varicose Veins, Hemorrhage (Stomach-Ulcers, Liver, Lungs, and Bowels), Loose Teeth, Bleeding and Ulcerated Gums. White Oak Bark has also been used to treat Poor Digestion, Diarrhea, Strep Throat, Gingivitis, Gum Infections, Bee Stings, Poison Ivy, Skin Problems and to REMOVE Kidney and Gallstones.