Perhaps no tree is as steeped in myth as the mighty oak. Known as the “tree of life” to the tribes inhabiting Oregon and Northern California, Quercus kelloggii Newberry was used as food, medicine, dye, and for construction. Its acorns were a staple, and are still used today in soups, breads, patties, and herbal cures. This species of oak goes by the common name California black oak or Kellogg oak. A close relative of Quercus velutina, the black oak found in the Eastern and Central United States, Quercus kelloggii Newberry grows to 80 feet in height and has a trunk that grows to 4.5 feet in diameter.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Digestive, febrifuge, anti-inflammatory, and treats diarrhea, colds, cough, bronchitis, itchy skin, indigestion, bowel conditions
For indigestion and bowel conditions, make “charcoal soup” by charring the bark over an open flame. Boil in water, and strain before drinking. For all other conditions, place a large handful of green bark in 1 gallon water. Boil for 30 minutes, and then remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes. Strain, and sip a cup or two throughout the day. Cooled, this can be used as a rinse or bath to treat itchy skin