There are many varieties of oak and there are 18 species in Bulgaria.
oak Oak has been used for food, medicine and carpentry for centuries, and is considered a sacred tree.
Oak is rich in tannins and therefore, but not only, is considered one of the most healing species of trees.
The leaves can be used fresh for first aid in nature. They can also be softened by immersing them in boiling water or steaming them. Most often, however, they are applied topically to the affected area as a soothing paw to reduce swelling, skin irritation or bleeding.
You can, of course, make tea from oak leaves. You need 4-5 fresh leaves (well washed). Boil them in 250 ml of water, strain and drink the finished tea. Consume it once a day to enjoy the benefits of oak leaves.
And here they are...
The Health Benefits of Oak Leaves:
Oak leaves protect the heart.
Soothe local inflammation.
Oak leaves lower blood pressure.
Oak bark is known as an astringent, which means it can tighten and tone body tissues. This property comes from the tannins. Additionally, the bark has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
It is most often used in the form of tea, extract or powder. It is applied internally or externally as a tea and cold compress for wounds and skin irritations.
You can also make a decoction of white oak bark and add it to your bath to soothe the skin. Chilled decoction is also used for gargling, rinsing the mouth or washing hair.
Oak bark for healthy urinary tract and kidneys.
White oak bark is often used as a tea to support digestion and urinary tract health. It can act as a diuretic, which supports the health of the bladder and kidneys, as well as fluid retention. Oak fruits also have a large number of tannins, which is why they are characterized by a bitter and unpleasant taste. They are often used as a perfect substitute for coffee.
Acorns can be turned into flour and used in pastries.
When we talk about the health benefits of acorns, they are due not only to tannins, but also to the rich content of other nutrients such as B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium.
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The Health Benefits of Acorns:
There are a number of ways in which acorns are used to protect the skin, especially as an astringent. After soaking or boiling the nuts, tannin-rich water can be applied topically to the skin to soothe burns and rashes, speed up the healing of cuts and wounds, and reduce inflammation. The impressive mix of minerals in acorns, which includes phosphorus, potassium and calcium, helps strengthen bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
Acorns are a rich source of protein, which are key components of a healthy lifestyle. They are very important for the creation of new tissues and cells, the restoration of damaged areas and rapid healing after injury or illness.
Perhaps the most enjoyable way to consume acorns is in the form of coffee. It is suitable for the keto diets, as well as for people who should not take caffeine. Make yourself a cup of fragrant, non-standard coffee by following this simple recipe:
Boil the acorns for about 20 minutes.
Once cooled, remove the outer shell and cut them into small pieces.
Bake the pieces for 35-40 minutes at 200 degrees until they turn dark brown in color, stirring occasionally.
Grind the roasted acorns, maybe in a coffee grinder.
Your acorn coffee is ready! When making coffee, use 1 tablespoon for every 200 ml of water for the best taste! - sweet, or rather bitter! Sweeten your acorn coffee with stevia powder, if you want.
And enjoy all the benefits of the Oak tree.
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