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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

OAK


Latin Name: Quercus alba

Alternate Names: White Oak, Tanner's Bark, Royal Protector, English Oak, Common Oak, Green Oak, Red Oak, Black Oak

Family: FAGACEAE

Parts Used: Bark, galls (growths that are produced in reaction to fungi or insects).

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Astringent, Hemostatic, Styptic, Tonic.

Internal Uses: Anal Prolapse, Bloody Urine, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Hemorrhage, Hemorrhoids, Uterine Prolapse

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
The high tannin content is responsible for a wide range of its activity. Tannins bind with protein of the tissues, thus making them impermeable to bacterial invasion and infection, while at the same time strengthening the tissues.

Topical Uses: Bleeding Gums, Burns, Capillary Weakness, Dermatitis, Eczema, Hemorrhoids, Insect Bites, Laryngitis, Leukorrhea, Nosebleeds, Pharyngitis, Ringworm, Sore Throat, Tonsillitis, Varicose Veins, Wounds

Topical Applications: Gargle or mouthwash for laryngitis, pharyngitis, sore throat and tonsillitis. Mouthwash for bleeding gums. Compress for burns, cuts, eczema, contact dermatitis, hemorrhoids, ringworm, varicose veins and weak capillaries. Enema, suppository and/or sitz bath for hemorrhoids. Douche for leukorrhea. Snuff for nosebleeds. Leaves as a poultice for insect bites.

Culinary uses: Acorns (best from White Oak) are processed by leaching out the tannins in water for at least 24 hours, then grinding into a meal. Acorns can also be roasted as a coffee substitute.

Energetics: Pungent, Bitter, Cool, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Tannins (phlobatannin, ellagitannins, gallic acid), quercin. Galls are even higher in tannins than the bark.

Contraindications: Oak galls are extremely astringent; use only in small quantities. Use Oak bark for no longer than one month continuously.

Comments: The genus name Quercus is from a Celtic word, quer, meaning 'fine' and cuea, or 'tree'. The Oak tree was sacred to the Druids and has long been a symbol of fertility and immortality. In the past, European and American women wanting to get pregnant would carry an acorn as a talisman. In Nordic mythology, the Oak was associated with thunder gods as oak groves seem to attract much lightning. To the Romans, the Oak symbolized bravery, and military heroes were often crowned with a wreath of Oak leaves. Oak is used as a Bach Flower Remedy to treat despair and despondency. Its valuable, sturdy timber has led to many forests being cut down. It has been used to tan leather.
The common name oak includes the species Quercus alba (White oak), Quercus robur (English Oak, Common Oak), Quercus virens (Green Oak), Quercus petraea, Quercus rubra (Red Oak) and Quercus tinctoria (Black Oak) all of which are used interchangeably with Quercus alba.

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