Making White Oak Bark Extract (Tincture)

I have heard that using white oak extract on dental cavities can help stall progression of the cavity. It’s worth a try, I think, since we’re not willing to have one filled just yet. Here is the method for making white oak bark extract.

Gather white oak twigs, pruners and a sharp, strong veggie peeler. You will also want a large napkin or piece of newsprint to catch your peelings.

Use a hand towel to rub the loose particles and dirt off of the twig, then use the peeler to peel them. Make sure you get the green part as this is the important part of the extract.

Once you have all of your twigs peeled, toss them aside for the kindling pile and gather all of your bark curls. Put the bark into a large Mason jar and cover it by at least 1″ with vodka (or brandy or Everclear).

Label, date and sit in a cool, dark place to draw for at least 2 weeks. It’s best to start extracts (or tinctures) on the New Moon and let them draw until the Full Moon. If you can let this sit for a month, that’s good, if you can only let it sit for 2 weeks, okay.

When it’s ready, line a wire mesh strainer with muslin or other clean, cotton, sheet-like material and place the strainer over a bowl. Pour the extract into the strainer and let the liquid perk through the fabric. When most of the liquid is out, use the back of a spoon or your hands to press the bark to get the last moisture (and most concentrated good stuff!) out of the bark.

It’s important to use the fabric to strain because getting the bark clean is a bit of a problem and you really want to catch any stray dirt or other debris. You can simply grab the fabric and squeeze it over the bowl. Discard your bark in the compost bin and bottle your extract.

White oak bark extract does a lot of good things. I used the bark of twigs that we pruned from our trees because using the older bark from the trunk would mean possibly damaging the tree. You can order it online.

*All information offered above is the opinion of the blog writer who is not a medical doctor. Use common sense and caution when trying herbal products.


About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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