Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Oat straw: Nourishing Herbal Infusions (part 5)

(Avena sativa)

Oatstraw acts as a restorative nerve tonic. This makes it ideal for those experiencing stress, exhaustion, nervous breakdowns, or grief.

Regular use decreases inflammation in the body, which is especially helpful for those with crohn’s disease, lupus, or other autoimmune diseases.

It’s a wonderful source of calcium and silicon for those wishing to strengthen their bones, teeth, and nails. Susun Weed recommends adding a pinch of horsetail (Equisetum

arvense) in your oat straw infusion. For additional silicon, try simmering the oastraw for twenty minutes instead of just infusing it in hot water. 

Oatstraw has been known as a love tonic for centuries because of its ability to nourish your nervous system, bringing rejuvenation to a stressed out system. Oatstraw is also a powerful restorative for those who are just plain worn out. 

A tincture of the fresh milky oats is a wonderful nervous system trophorestorative and has a slightly different action than taking the tea or decoction of the dried oatstraw. I generally recommend both at the same time. 

Nutrients: Calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E, and amino acids.

Parts used
Aerial portions (I like infusing both the straw and the dried milky buds; you can also do either separately. If you are purchasing oat straw it is much cheaper to buy the straw and it works just as well.)

Neutral/moist, nutritive, nervous system trophorestorative, relaxing nervine

Special considerations
There is some debate as to whether or not oatstraw contains gluten. If you are gluten intolerant you may want to approach this one with caution.

Keep it simple
Oatstraw is a wonderful restorative tonic especially helpful to those feeling stressed or worn out. 

Want to explore other herbs to use for nourishing herbal infusions? 

I've got you covered! Click the links below to see other nourishing herbs.  

Where to buy your herbs
I buy all of my herbs for nourishing herbal infusions at Mountain Rose Herbs. They have high quality and organic herbs at a great price. 

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin