Oak tree

Uses

The oak tree has been highly valued for many centuries. due to its many uses and associations with ancient beliefs. Acorns were used for pig feed for many centuries. They can also be ground into flour  for human  consumption.

The oak wood is very hard. We had some old oak beams sitting in our garden for years. The outside was rotted away but when we filed all that off, its core was rock hard and perfectly suitable to use in our home as beautiful beams above the windows. This quality gave it great value, making it perfect for ship, house  building  and much more, being practically indestructible. The bark was used for tanning leather and dyeing.

Oak tree with spider’s web -photo by Pam C Golden

Myths and legends

Possibly the most widely revered of all trees. A symbol of all-encompassing power and male protection, the ancients worshipped under it believing it was   home to the Gods. People were married under its branches before Christianity took them inside a church. It’s linked with thunder and lightning as a conduit from the heavens to earth (apparently oak trees are more susceptible to lightning strikes).The oak has featured in legend from the Greeks to the present day. The druids believed it contained the energy, power and strength of their mighty god Esus.

Small oak tree in winter photo by Pam C Golden

Medicinal uses

This information is purely for interest, any use of this as a medicine needs to be taken under the instruction and guidance of a doctor or registered herbal practitioner.

The bark, leaves, acorns and oak galls are said to have astringent, antiseptic and tonic qualities. Traditionally, amongst other things, they were used to reduce swellings and to combat diarrhoea.

Disclaimer- The author accepts no liability for anyone using the medicines above. This post is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Any mention of medicinal uses are for informational purposes only. The use of any herb or derivative is entirely at the reader’s own risk. The author of this post cannot be held liable for anyone using these medicines. It is strongly advised that any usage is in consultation with a registered herbalist and/or qualified doctor

Check out the link for great ways to identify this tree: //www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/a-z-of-british-trees/english-oak/

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