Oats (Avena sativa, A. fatua)
Parts used: Green milky tops, seeds, stalks
Benefits: Oats are among the best of the nerve tonic herbs and are a superior cardiac tonic. Those who are overworked, stressed, or anxious, or who have irritated and inflamed nerve endings due to burns or hemorrhoids, should make oats a regular part of their diet. Oats proved energy by increasing overall health and vitality. They are frequently used for nervous system disorders, depression, and anxiety, low sexual vitality, irritability, and urinary incontinence. The plant helps sooth irritation from nicotine and other chemical withdrawals, are are one of the principal herbal aids used for convalescing after a long illness. Oat tops are exceptionally rich in silica, calcium, and chromium and are one fo the highest sources of magnesium. The stalks of the oats, though not as rich in minerals as the milky green tops, are also medicinal.
Suggested uses: The fruit, or seed, of the oat plant is primarily used, as it contains several active alkaloids, starches and vitamins. Use both the stalks and fruits together: they are at their best harvested when green-gold and not fully ripe. We’re used to thinking of oats in the classic form of oatmeal, but to herbalists, oatmeal is for breakfast and the oat tops are for tea. Both the milky green tops and stalks make a delicious, nutritive tea. Combine oats with lemon balm and passionflower for a good nervine; with valerian for a sleep aid; or with digestive bitters for any liver or digestive upset. Finally, oats (both the meal and the unripened milky tops) make one of the most soothing herbal baths for nervous stress and irritated, itchy skin. Add several drops of lavender oil for an especially relaxing experience.
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