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Profile: Common oat, or Avena sativa, is a popular cereal grain. It's a nutritious and soothing dish. Herbalists like oatstraw tea. Oatstraw is used in herbal teas and bath and body products.

Avena sativa, or the common oat, is a 3,000-year-old cereal grain. Although this is one of its principal uses, the immature seed and oatstraw are nutritious and nervine, making them a popular among herbalists.


Ancient Romans grew oats as horse fodder. British settlers introduced oats to North America in the 17th century. Most farmed oats are baled and sold as feed, but plenty is also grown for food and will be grown in bigger quantities as its health benefits become well known. Russia, Canada, the U.S., Australia, the Baltic Sea, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Germany are major oat producers. Immature seeds should be harvested and tinctured the same day. When the seed is ready, collect oatstraw and dry it while keeping the stems green.

Many Europeans have eaten oats for generations. Scotland is where oat porridge for breakfast may have started. The oat grain has similar calming and nourishing qualities as oatstraw tea and milky oats tincture. Since the Middle Ages, green oat herb or oatstraw concoctions have been used throughout Europe to increase mental function. Hildegard of Bingen, a nun and herbalist born in 1098 C.E. in Germany, regarded oats a 'happy' plant along with fennel, summer savory, licorice, and hyssop.

Oatstraw is a nutritious nervine. Herbalists value its soothing, supporting attitude. In an acute circumstance, milky oats may operate faster than oatstraw. Oatstraw tea is a greater tonic than the tincture. Either of these preparations is good for someone who has "pushed and pushed" and now feels exhausted, out-of-sorts, or disconnected no matter how much they relax or sleep. Oatstraw contains iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins, and other nutrients that nourish the body. This soothing restorative herb excellent for those who are chilly, depleted, or tired, or for habitual coffee drinkers. Oat grain is used in body cleansers and bath gels. According to naturopath John Lust (nephew of naturopathic pioneer Benedict Lust), oatstraw baths can treat different ailments. He offers oatstraw foot baths for tired feet.

Oatstraw can be used in bath and body preparations, as tea, or as a liquid extract.


**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.


Ingredients: Oat Straw
Origin:  USA
Shelf Life: 2 Years.
Product Style: Cut & Sifted
Handling / Storage: Store in a airtight Food Storage Containers, cool, dry place.
Allergen Information: None Specified.
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