🪵 oak wood 🪵
cultural history + medicinal benefits
Father of the Woods
Oak represents strength, courage and protection. This also translates into its medicinal and perhaps... magical properties. Druids were members of the high-ranking class in ancient Celtic cultures. They were concerned with the natural world and its powers, and considered trees sacred, particularly the oak. Mistletoe, probably the Druids’ most potent and magical plant, frequently grew on oak trees. Its presence was believed to indicate that Thor, the god of thunder, placed it there in a lightning strike.
- Oak bark may contain up to 20% tannins depending on the type and time of harvesting. Tannins act as astringents, or agents that bind to proteins in the skin to constrict body tissues, therefore tightening pores and drying out irritated areas.
- In addition to its topical applications, oak bark is thought to provide healing benefits when ingested. Oak bark tea, in particular, is used to help treat diarrhea because of its antibacterial properties.
- Some of the compounds in oak bark, such as ellagitannins and roburins, may act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body from underlying damage caused by reactive molecules called free radicals.
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