Scientific Name: Avena sativa
AKA: Oats, oat straw
Parts Used:dried stems
Active Compounds:alkaloids, sterols, silicic acid, starch, saponins, fluten, vitamins, minerals
Background: Oat straw was once most well-known for its use in mattresses. It was used to stuff them and it was believed that an oat straw mattress would improve rheumatism. While other parts of the oat plant are also used, oat straw is particularly important for medicinal uses.
Oat straw is actually an anti-depressant and can assist with mild improvements in mood. It helps to relieve anxiety and generlaly provide energy. Oat straw can also be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema. In addition, oats are considered a very healthy food that help with overall nutrition.
Oat straw is particularly useful for improving mood.
Anti-depressant: Oat straw can be used to help elevate mood. It can be used to combat depression and it can help lift someone who is feeling fatigued.
Skin: Oat straw can be used to treat skin irritations.
Oats are a grass that grows as tall as 3 feet. It has holow stems with leaves. It is native to Europe, but oat plants can now be found all over the world. The grass is harvested at the end of the summer.
As an infusion, add 2-3 tsp oat straw to 1 cup boiling water and infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drink 3 times daily.
As a tincture, take 3-5 ml 3 times each day.
For a bath, make an infusion adding 1 pound oat straw to 2 quarts boiling water and infuse for 30 minutes. Strain and add the liquid portion to a bath.
There is no negative safety information available for this herb. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
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