Oak Tree Bark, aka Quercus Robur bark, has been known and widely used for centuries. Oak Tree Bark contains numerous nutrients including vitamin B12, iron, and potassium. It also has a tannin content somewhere between 10 to 20%1. These tannins and the nutrients are believed to be responsible for the bark’s health benefits.
The Native Americans were long aware of the beneficial properties of the bark. They used it for antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory purposes before settlers to North America picked up the mantle and learned how to use it.
The bark is considered to be the most effective part of the tree.
- ASTRINGENT PROPERTIES
As said before, Oak bark contains tannin and therefore has astringent properties because of its high levels. Astringents work by constricting or shrinking the body’s tissues on the inside and the outside. Natural astringents like oak bark have a variety of therapeutic benefits.
They perform some useful external functions and can help limit skin complaints like burns, bruises, wrinkles, and eczema. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic2 properties are also excellent for the skin. Internally, they can help treat bleeding, varicose veins and reduce diarrhoea.
- ANTISEPTIC PROPERTIES
The tannin content of the white oak bark is also responsible for its antiseptic properties which can help to prevent and treat both internal and external infections.
The tannins bind with the proteins present in the tissues which help to stave off harmful pathogens and bacteria. The white oak bark can also be used externally to protect against skin infections and to help treat a number of skin issues. It has been successfully used to treat poison ivy and to soothe the pain and inflammation from bee stings and bug bites.
When applied to the skin, it may also help speed up the healing process from minor wounds, cuts, scrapes, and burns1.
Annabis Balcann Oak Tree Products
Balcann itself is a powerful ointment. When topped off with oak tree bark extract and in a combination with hempseed oil and its benefits, it is a very powerful ointment with stronger antiseptic properties.
Balcann Oak Tree Bark OINTMENT is CPK certified meaning that it is made from natural ingredients only and it is also suitable for the most sensitive skin types. When applied it gradually releases its natural ingredients while creating a thin film on the skin.
Balcann Oak Tree Bark GEL is a lighter in form and less greasy for those, who like quick absorbing substances. It is also suitable for sensitive skin. You may put it in the fridge and use it as a cooling gel after sunbathing to calm down the skin.
BOTH are so gentle that they are suitable for children 0-3 years of age and on top of everything else: they are also vegan-friendly.
The Bottom line:
Adding oak tree bark extract to an otherwise powerful Balcann ointment only adds another great feature to its unique strength.
This post is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Namaste Superfoods or its staff. There is a wealth of data and information freely available on this topic and links to more scientific research and we suggest you undertake some of your own research.
- 6 Proven Benefits of White Oak Bark – Healthy Focus. Healthy Focus – A Focus on your Health [online]. Available at:https://healthyfocus.org/benefits-white-oak-bark/
- Academic Journals – Home [online]. Copyright © [cit. 29.05.2018]. Available at: http://www.academicjournals.org/article/article1380551198_Paaver%20et%20al.pdf