In all countries where oak grows, this tree has always been considered a symbol of power, health and longevity. That is why people began to use parts of it for healing from various diseases. Oak bark was considered especially valuable at all times. Its medicinal properties and today are actively used among traditional healers and have found application in pharmacology.
Oak bark: medicinal properties and contraindications
The special healing properties of the plant are associated with a composition rich in vitamins, sugars, organic acids, minerals, flavonoids, pectins, fats and tannins. So, for example, polysaccharides (pentosans), which are in the bark, have anti-inflammatory effects, pectins regulate intestinal activity. Of particular value are tannins (in this case, tannins): they have anti-inflammatory, astringent and hemostatic effect. It is noteworthy that due to the content of these substances, oak dishes were so valued at all times, and the cognac is kept only in oak barrels to this day. This is due to the fact that tannins inhibit the development of bacteria, preventing the process of decay.
All this makes oak bark a powerful healing tool to get rid of the following ailments and problems:
- diseases of the oral cavity of an inflammatory nature (stomatitis, periodontitis, gingivitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis);
- smell from the mouth;
- kidney disease;
- internal bleeding;
- infections of the genitourinary system;
- skin damage (burns, wounds, frostbite, inflammatory processes caused by skin diseases), as well as bedsores, fungus and corns;
- excessive sweating of the feet and armpits;
- hemorrhoidal bleeding;
- gastrointestinal disorders, dysentery;
- diseases of the liver and spleen;
- eye inflammations;
- female diseases such as thrush, uterine bleeding, vaginitis, and cervical erosion. A good effect is also observed when using oak bark for menstrual cramps;
- violations of potency;
- seborrhea, hair loss. In addition, oak bark has a very beneficial effect on the condition of the hair.
Despite the assistance provided by the means on the basis of oak bark to the body, there are still some limitations and contraindications to the use of this plant.
- Overdose can cause nausea.
- Some people have an intolerance to this plant.
- The use of bark in the presence of constipation will further aggravate the problem.
- The course of treatment should not exceed 2 weeks. After this time, you need to take a break (another 2 weeks), and then, if necessary, you can spend another 1 course.
- Prolonged use as a rinse can negatively affect the sense of smell, reducing it.
- During pregnancy and for the treatment of small children, bark-based products should be used only after consulting a doctor.
How is it useful for men?
Many men of different ages are concerned about too rapid ejaculation during sexual intercourse, as well as problems with potency. A good solution in this case is oak bark. The healing properties of this tree not only enhance the male power, but also, due to the content of the above-mentioned tannin, slightly inhibit the work of the nerve endings in the genitals. This allows you to delay ejaculation.
If it is too fast, use a decoction. Only 1 tsp. 250 ml of boiling water are poured over crushed bark and kept in a water bath for 10 minutes. Cool, decoction must be drained, divided into 3 servings and taken three times a day 20 minutes before meals.
To improve the potency is recommended tincture made from young oak bark. For this take 1 tsp. of the harvested material, put in a half-liter glass jar and add 400 ml of vodka. Having tightly closed, the container should be put in a cool dark place for 7 days. Take the resulting composition daily, 20 minutes before breakfast and dinner, 20-25 drops.
How does oak bark affect gums?
The greatest popularity of oak bark is associated precisely with its high efficiency in the treatment of diseases of the gums and teeth. As a rule, these are caused by the presence of an inflammatory process in the oral cavity. Regular rinsing using bark decoction stops the development of infection in the oral cavity and prevents the development of diseases such as stomatitis, gingivitis and periodontal disease in the initial stages.
To prepare the broth, take 20 g of dry raw material, add 250 g of pure water and heat it for half an hour using a water bath (all this time the water should boil), stirring regularly for better extraction. Immediately after this, the broth is drained, well wringing off the remnants of the healing liquid from the used bark. The resulting composition can not be used for more than 2 days, preferably daily to prepare a new batch. Rinsing with it must be done daily, 6-8 times, for 14 days.
Such regular procedures strengthen the gums, preventing the destruction, loosening and loss of teeth. In addition, it strengthens the tooth enamel well and eliminates the smell in the mouth.
Get rid of hair problems
Oak bark has proven itself in the treatment of hair and scalp diseases, as well as an effective cosmetic that gives hair softness, strength and shine, and even as a natural dye.
To eliminate dandruff, use the following recipe: take half a cup of crushed bark, mix with the same amount of onion peel and, adding a liter of water, heat for 1 hour over low heat. Strain and cool, the broth is carefully rubbed into the scalp and spread along the length of the hair. Covering them with a plastic bag or a special cap, and on the top with a warm towel, this mask must be kept for 2 hours. After this time, the hair is washed with shampoo.
For the treatment of alopecia (hair loss), it is necessary to prepare the following decoction: 30 g of bark mixed with 0.5 liters of water, brought to a boil. After this, the decoction should be infused for several hours (can be left on all night). The resulting composition must be rubbed into the scalp daily or at least after each hair wash.
Especially suitable recipes based on oak bark brown hair, as the hair after that acquire a beautiful, rich shade, shine and healthy look.
Where to get oak bark?
This tool is sold in already prepared - crushed and dried - as in pharmacies. It is necessary to pay attention to the date indicated on the package, because every year the bark loses more and more useful properties.
It is not difficult to prepare the bark yourself. For this, it is better to choose young trees growing in an ecologically clean area, away from highways. Collect the bark should be in early spring, when it contains the maximum amount of nutrients. Young bark looks smooth and shiny.
After collecting the raw material, it must be dried - in a well-ventilated dry room, turning over daily, or in an oven, also remembering to stir, so that it dries evenly. Dried bark is stored in natural linen bags.
Using oak bark to treat and maintain your health, it is worth remembering that everything needs a measure, and even natural remedies can be harmful if applied too intensively. To protect yourself from possible side effects, treat this plant under the supervision of your doctor.