HEALTH CONDITIONS SUPPORT
BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION
ANTI CANCER PROPERTIES
RHEUMATISM (BATH SOAK)
PAINFUL MUSCLES (BATH SOAK)
KIDNEY OR BLADDER PROBLEMS (BATH SOAK)
HEALTHY SKIN, HAIR, NAILS AND TEETH.
VITAMINS B1, B2, D, E, CAROTENE, STARCH, AND FAT
PARTS OF THE PLANT USED
The OAT SEEDS carry antispasmodic, cardiac, diuretic, emollient, nervine and stimulant properties.
The STRAW (DRIED STEMS) and the grain have also been prescribed for the treatment of a wide range of nervous conditions.
The plant has also been shown to help with the exhaustion related to neurological pains or herbal treatment for insomnia, or multiple sclerosis.
Taken as an extract the typical dosage of oat straw is around 2-3 tsp to 1 cup of boiling water and then leave it for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
As an alcohol tincture, the typical dosage is 3-5 ml 3 times each day.
For the use in the bathtub, make an infusion adding around 1 pound oat straw to 2 quarts boiling water and leave it for 30 minutes.
FORMS FOR USE
There are no known drug or nutrient interaction associated with the use of oat straw but for those that are allergic to oat flour, it could be a good idea to stay clear of any products containing oat straw.
GROW YOUR OWN
Habitat: Oat straw grows in moderate temperatures such as Northern Europe. It grows well in dry wastelands, cultivated ground, and meadows alike.
It is a hardy zone 2-type plant that can be grown in heavier soils although it normally prefers sandy or loamy soils.
It requires good drainage but can grow in a high acid soil. It does require sun, and cannot grow in the shade. Oat straw tolerates drought well.
Although it is widely distributed as a cereal crop it is just as often found in garden beds or planted to prevent soil erosion. The fruit, seeds, and straw are typically gathered in August.
~ Oats extract prescribed in apple juice produced a reduction of 66% in daily cigarette consumption compared with no change for those receiving placebo which was apple juice alone (Netherlands Patent 741265, 1976)
~ In a clinical study in 1968-1969, 6 out of 10 chronic opium addicts gave up the drug after treatment with Oats (2 mls of the tincture, three times a day) over 27-45 days. Two of the remaining four addicts reduced their intake. The participant's status was maintained on follow up (3-19 months later) and no serious withdrawal symptoms or side effects were noted. The dose was 2mls, three times a day of tincture made from the whole plant excluding the root (Anand CL: Br Med J 3(775):640, 1971)