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(Avena sativa) aka - Common Oat, Groats

Oatstraw has a calming effect on the nerves and is a strong nutritive nervine for depression. It helps hold calcium in the body and is very high in silica. Silica, found in the nervous system, is needed by the brain and nerves. Oatstraw can help strengthen a weak nervous system. It is very relaxing to the body and helps with aches and pains. It can help strengthen the lungs and loosen lung mucus, which in turn helps colds, allergies, and asthma. The silica in Oatstraw aids in expelling phlegm and mucus buildup in the lungs and bronchial tubes. Oatstraw contains ‘avenin,’ an alkaloid which stimulates the neuromuscular system. It helps strengthen nerves and muscles. It helps to reduce high blood pressure by reducing cholesterol levels, thus increasing circulation. Oatstraw is also helpful for treating depression, soothes menopausal problems and helps ease the problems associated with drug withdrawal. Oatstraw is used as a tonic to increase strength of mind, spirit and body. It is a specific nerve tonic, stimulant, and anti-spasmodic. It is also known as a sexual stimulant. Its potential benefits are not limited to its effect on the libido, however for wild oats are rich in the B Vitamins, phosphorous and calcium; Oatstraw is also a stimulant rich in body building materials. There is an old saying: “feeling your oats,” meaning feeling frisky and full of life, vitality and sexual energy. That’s oats!

Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Oatstraw may provide relief for:

• Arthritis
• (Weak) Fingernails & Hair
• Heart Weakness
• Indigestion
• Insomnia/Nervous Conditions
• Menopausal Distress
• Drug Withdrawal
• Libido
• Depression


  • Properties: Alterative, Demulcent, Nervine, Nutritive, Vulnerary, Anti-spasmodic Primary nutrients: Calcium, phosphorus, silicon, Vitamins A, B1, B2 and E
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