Fields of medicine : Oats (Avena sativa)

 

Field of oats (Avena sativa)

Field of oats (Avena sativa)

We all know that oats are a great food, rich in complex carbohydrates and a great source of energy. But did you know that the ‘straw’ or stalks are a superb medicine also?

Oat straw is harvested while still green and is very rich in calcium, silica and magnesium. It can be taken as a tea to speed up the mending of broken bones, to keep bones strong and pliable and even to prevent osteoporosis.

 

Oat straw (Avena sativa)

Oats (Avena sativa)

Oats (Avena sativa)

It feeds and energizes the nervous system and is a prime anti-depressant yet also promotes calmness, helps relieve anxiety and stress, is a general tonic to the brain and nervous system and improves the cognitive functions of the brain. It can also be useful for people who suffer from muscle cramps.

The sexual connotations (sowing your wild oats, getting your oats etc) attached to oats are well deserved and equally apply to oat straw. It seems all parts of the plant stimulate ovulation in females and testosterone release in males, enhancing both sexual desire and performance.

As if that weren’t enough, if your doctor ever threatens you with statins, you would be wise to politely refuse and take oat straw tea instead. Not only will it lower high cholesterol, it will improve your mood, give you more energy and keep your brain and nerves firing on all cylinders.

The standard dose for oat straw tea is 1-2 teaspoons per cup, stand for 10 minutes before straining and drinking, about 3 cups daily. It is safe enough to use daily for long periods of time, years even.  It is an integral ingredient in my daily nutrient tea and is a popular and well used remedy amongst herbalists.

We have some excellent organically grown oatstraw available in our shop priced at 90p for 25g .

Although oat straw in itself is not thought to contain gluten, there is a high probability of some oat grains being present as many growers include the immature flowering tops.

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