White oak bark is well known as an astringent herb, which means it can tighten and tone tissues in your body. This astringency comes mainly from the presence of plant compounds known as tannins.
It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and can help to stop bleeding. Because of its ability to tighten and tone, white oak bark has often been used for its benefits for varicose veins. White oak bark has a toning and anti-inflammatory effect when taken internally that can help veins to contract.
White oak bark is used as a tea for arthritis, diarrhea, colds, fever, cough, and bronchitis; for stimulating appetite; and for improving digestion.
Some people apply oak bark directly to the skin in a compress or add it to bath water for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the skin, mouth, throat, genitals, and anal region; and for red itchy skin due to cold exposure.
How does it work ? The bark of white oak contains tannins, which might help treat diarrhea and inflammation.
The packages come in 1, 2 or 3oz bags.
White oak bark is a safe herb to use with few precautions. It’s generally not recommend for continual use for more than a month. Short term use generally produces no side effects, but occasionally symptoms like upset stomach will occur.
We recommend consulting with your primary provider before using supplemental, over the counter, products. Not recommended for use if you have Heart conditions: If you have a heart problem don’t use oak bark.
Skin conditions including eczema or large areas of skin damage: Don’t take oak bark baths if you have one of these conditions. A nerve condition that leads to overly tight muscles (hypertonia): Don’t take oak bark baths if you have this condition.