Some beauty trends just go much too far. This trend started in England but made its way across the pond, but apparently women have been taking oak galls, grinding them up, making a paste, and putting it on, around, and in there.
What’s a “oak gall?” They’re made when the wasp actually lays eggs inside leaf buds on trees. It’s those sort of weird, woody shell looking things that nobody could ever identify on trees and branches (at least that’s my experience). Here’s some more info and pictures.
The claims are that by creating a paste with the galls, it has a sort of “rejuvenating” property. People claim that it can help tighten up the muscles, and even get rid of smells. Some people use it on cuts believing it will help the cut heal faster, as it’s believed the paste has healing properties.
Gynaecologists are warning that by using the paste in a vagina, it can actually dry out the natural mucus, which can increase the chance for injuries during sex, some pain during sexual activity, and doctors believe that it can actually increase the chance of HIV transmission.
This is a weird trend that we have never heard of, but apparently it’s been getting pretty popular – at least popular enough for doctors to address it.