Oak Trees have been used in ceremonies, food, and medicine since the beginning of mankind. There are still many healing properties and uses for the majestic oak tree and its acorns today.
As with any changes in your health care, please consult your doctor before applying any of these treatments.
Which oak tree treatment interests you the most?
Fall is fast approaching and the leaves will soon be changing. Our yards and streets will soon be littered with hundreds of acorns. But, what exactly is an acorn?
Acorns are the fruit from the oak tree. Acorns are nuts, and they are also oak tree seeds and come from mature oak trees. A tree must be at least 20 years old, and sometimes even upwards of 50 years old to produce acorns. Acorns provide nutrients for many animals, such as squirrels, deer, birds, and even wild pigs. A mature oak tree can produce about 10,000 acorns in one season!
There are many different types of acorns, ranging from tiny pea sized all the way to jaw dropping jawbreaker size! Acorns from the Red Oak family take two seasons to mature and are high in fats, which make them easy to store. The acorns from the White Oak family only need one season to mature and sprout.
Acorns are a staple of fall and can be used in many ways, from recipes to decorating. Acorns eaten raw are bitter because of there tannins. Before eating, boil your chopped acorns for at least two hours, changing the water constantly, until the water no longer turns brown. Once dried, you can roast them or ground them into acorn flour.
How do you plan on celebrating fall with acorns?
Oak tree have had a part in world history as far back as the mid 400’s B.C., where it was recorded that oak tress contained the gift of prophecy. Oak trees produce a very hard wood which has been used for many things, like furniture. Ships were even built out of oak because of their ability to deflect cannon balls!
Oak trees are expansive and provide not only shade, but even hiding places! The very famous Charter Oak in Connecticut did just that. In 1662 when King James II came into power, he wanted to revoke the charter that King Charles II had issued to the colonist. In 1687, Captain Joseph Wadsworth took the document and hid it in an oak tree away from the British, and the colonist used this document to continue to govern until 1818.
The Major Oak in Edwinstowe, England is rumored to have been the hideout for Robin Hood and his band of merry men. The tree is names after Major Hayman Rooke, who wrote about the famous Sherwood Forest Oaks.
Underneath one of the countries famous oaks in Hampton, Virginia, a freed African-American woman named Mary Smith Peake taught children of former slaves how to read and write. This tree was named the Emancipation Tree, and it was the location of the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the south in 1863.
Oak trees have been so important throughout history. How will your transplanted oak inspire your history?