The holm oak is a tree that grows in countries touched by the Mediterranean Sea. Surely more than once in your life you have come across one of them but, what you probably do not know well are the properties it has. There are many health benefits and, both by taking it and applying it externally to the skin and hair, it can prevent and solve various health conditions and problems. Want to know more? Then keep reading this article from in which we tell you all the details you need to know about the medicinal properties of oak bark.
Properties and benefits of holm oak bark for our interior
As you probably already know, the fruit of the holm oak is the acorn and has always been used to feed livestock but, now, much more has been discovered about what this tree, both by the bark and by the fruits, can do for our health.
Holm oak has a high content of tannins, essential oils, pectin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, sodium and zinc, which makes it a perfect remedy for digestive and respiratory treatments, below we detail how you can solve common health problems thanks to the medicinal properties of oak bark:
- Inflammations of the intestine: the bark of this tree taken in infusion helps to lower inflammation and, most importantly, decreases pain. To make an infusion, you only have to cook 50 grams of dry crust for each liter of water. You have to take it 1 time a day for a week along with some honey and you are sure to notice great improvements.
- It works against diarrhea: tannins help to dry out the gastrointestinal mucosa and have a great astringent effect and thus help curb diarrhea. That is why holm oak bark is widely used in this case, as it is one of the best home remedies for diarrhea and you only have to cook two tablespoons of bark per liter of water and take two cups a day. It will also help you to eat fresh sweet acorns.
- It helps digestion: its properties help to digest food much better, so it is recommended to consume it after heavy meals or in case you need to cure indigestion. Without exceeding two cups a day, roast a few acorns, grind them and prepare them as if you were going to make a coffee.
- Angina and pharyngitis: gargling with the infusion of the bark of this tree decreases inflammation and facilitates healing. Cook for 6 minutes 2 tablespoons of bark per liter and gargle several times until the infusion is finished. You can also use it as a rinse and it will help relieve gingivitis and pharyngitis.
Properties and external benefits of oak bark
The tannins, oil and minerals contained in the oak bark also have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory function and, therefore, are perfect for treating conditions externally such as those detailed below:
- Eczema and chilblains: eczema is usually dry but sometimes it can be wet, especially when it appears on the elbows and hands. To be able to “dry” these areas, you just have to prepare a cooking of 4 tablespoons per liter of water and apply it on them. You will see how it has the power to dry the damaged body part. Similarly, apply it on the chilblains to reduce their itching and inflammation. But, in case you suffer from dry eczema, it is not advisable to use it.
- Hemorrhoids: the same drying power used for eczema and chilblains and its anti-inflammatory ability makes it a perfect remedy to treat annoying hemorrhoids. Cook 3 tablespoons of bark per liter of water and perform sitz baths in the area for a few minutes. You will notice how they deflate in a short time.
- Nosebleeds: oak bark has antihemorrhagic and astringent properties, just like other trees such as oak. Therefore, you can stop the nosebleed by doing a nasal bath with the infusion at room temperature, it is important that it is not hot but not too cold either. You will see that in a short time the bleeding stops.
- Wounds: it is a powerful natural and antibacterial disinfectant that will help you heal and heal your wounds. Apply 4 tablespoons per liter of water on a compress and carefully put it on the wound. With this you can also treat varicose veins, especially in cases where ulcers occur.
- Vaginal itching: the properties of this plant can also help you relieve excessive itching in this area. Use the same recipe that we have given you previously, 4 tablespoons of bark for each liter of water and apply it through a compressor make sitz baths. You will notice the relief immediately.
- Oral problems: the oak bark prepared in the form of tea, helps fight some problems in your mouth such as annoying toothache or bleeding gums due to its antibacterial and antihemorrhagic properties. Use the infusion discussed above as a mouthwash 2 times a day.
- Hair: finally, we tell you a hair remedy with this bark. If you cook the oak bark in water, until it completely melts, and you apply it to your hair as a bath, you will notice how the tone of your hair darkens and it strengthens.
Contraindications of holm oak bark
Although this natural product is very beneficial for many things, it is also necessary to know in which cases its use is contraindicated. Thus, the contraindications of holm oak bark are as follows:
- Digestive ulcers: people with this problem should avoid their consumption, as tannins can cause vomiting and even worsen ulcers.
- Constipation: as we have mentioned before, it helps to stop diarrhea and, therefore, if you suffer from constipation, it is totally prohibited.
- Anemia: in the case of suffering from anemia it is not advisable to take it, since tannins can hinder the absorption of iron provided by food.
- Pregnant and lactating women: pregnant or breastfeeding women will not be able to use it either because its effects in these cases are not scientifically proven and there may be risks for the baby.
- Infections and fever: its use is contraindicated in the case of having infections, fever or even in heart problems, so in these cases only a doctor can recommend it and its guidelines must be followed very strictly.
In addition, if you apply it externally you should not extend its use more than 15 days and in the case of internal use you should not take it more than 7 days. You should rest from both internal and external use at least a week before using the oak bark again.