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White Oak Bark

White Oak Bark (Quercus Alba)


White Oak Bark is a hardwood that is predominantly found in the Eastern regions of North America from South Quebec to Minnesota to North of Florida and East of Texas. They are Angiosperm plants belonging to the family Fagaceae. The tree reaches a maximum height of 25.5 meters and is usually light grey despite the misleading name. The wood is light brown in color. The leaves are oblong, seven lobbed and produce young buds during the winter. The buds are obtuse and reddish brown in color. White Oak Bark produces flowers in May when the leaves are nearly developed and are bright red in color.

Medicinal Uses

White Oak Bark is used both as a styptic and as an astringent. It is often recommended for diseases that bring chronic or subaacute conditions with exhaustion from fevers, diseases, putrid states, prolapsed organs, atonic tissues, relaxed tissues, ulcerations and night sweats. White oak has been used to obtain relief from irritations of mucous membranes which include leg ulcers, weeping eczema, local inflammations, sore throats, wounds and other gum ulcerations. Eye inflammations can also be compressed with White Oak Bark.

Common diarrhea symptoms like tiredness and dehydration can be treated using White Oak Bark. Varicosities, hemorrhoids, bleeding, passive hemorrhages and other congestion and congestion and venous laxity can be treated using White Oak Bark. Poultice that has been made from v is used in the treatment of gangrene and other mortification diseases. In debilitated children White Oak Bark gives the best kind of relief from fevers. The decoction is given internally and also used for a bath to take care of the limbs and the general body. Usually, cleaning is done 3 times a day and will prove to be very efficacious for such kids.

Dosage and Administration

The bark if often used to make a decoction. For children, one or two spoonfuls for every cup of water should be used. This is the equivalent of a 1 to 5 dry strength liquid extract. For commercially purchased bottle decoctions, the manufacturer will often indicate the dosage and how to use it which will vary depending on the other ingredients used. The general dosage is usually 10 to 50 drops per day that is spread throughout the day, taken 3 or four times.

A poultice can also be prepared from the fresh bark of White Oak Bark. The bark is grounded and mixed with the necessary oils and liquids. The poultice can be applied on wounds in which case a reasonable amount is used but there is no limit really. The poultice can also be mixed with shower water and used toe bathe children the result being improvement of the external health

Parts Used

The main parts of White Oak Bark that are used is the bark. The bark can be grounded to make poultice for use in bathing and external body washings. The bark can also be crushed and used to make a decoction that is drank to help with internal inflammations and ulcers. If the decoction is for treatment of diarrhea, then it should be combined with castor oil and aromatics. The green bark of the white elder oak is often preferred. The acorns of White Oak Bark can also be roasted to make some kind of coffee that is useful in the treatment of scrofula and other alimentary canal inflammations.


There are various non medical uses of White Oak Bark. To begin with, White Oak Bark is a tree that grows to a durable, coarse grained and heavy wood. The White Oak Bark wood has been harvested over hundreds of years to make furniture, fuel, fence posts, barrels, cabinets, flooring wood and other house and home structures. The cellulose structure of White Oak Bark is closed which it water resistant and rot resistant for use as whine caskets and in production of whiskey. Japanese have often relied on White Oak Bark to make martial arts tools like jo and broken

Side Effects

Just like the other natural herbs, White Oak Bark has side effects because the harmful chemical ingredients have not been removed. Extensive external use can lead to skin damage. Furthermore, its use is contraindicated for febrile infectious disorders and weeping eczema.


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