Latin: Avena Sativa
Oats are an anti-depressant and a heart tonic. They are specific for exhausted nervous systems, burn out, chronic fatigue conditions, prolonged illness and convalescence.
They are nutritive, restorative, sustaining and strengthening and are able to build the body up, nourish and strengthen depressed states and nourish exhausted nerves. An exhausted nervous system will manifest in everyone differently, such as IBS, panic attacks, lack of focus, irritability, PMS, all of which oats will help with if stress and burn out is the root cause.
Due to its affinity for the nervous system it is specific for supporting the body after prolonged drug use in recovery and withdrawal from addictions including tobacco, sugar and harder drugs. They contain silicon making it healing for skin, connective tissue, mucosa and nerves, and make it an excellent tonic for children in their formative years with growing bones and teeth.
They are cooling and moistening and work on hot irritated skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis and can be used as a wash where soaps may aggravate it.
Pregnancy & Cautions: Fine in pregnancy, an essential part of a balanced and healthy diet. Safe as part of a gluten free diet, unless processed in the same factories as gluten products.
Tincture Oatstraw: 5ml 3 x day.
Tea 1 – 2 teapoon dried herb to cup, infuse 5 – 10 minutes. Drink 3 x a day.
OAT TONIC 350ml cold boiled water 75g rolled oats Juice of 1/2 a lemon 1 tsp of honey Pour the water over the oats and leave to stand over night, and strain in the morning. Add the honey and lemon. Take a teaspoon every 2 – 3 hours until finished.
OAT WASH Mix 6 tsp of oats with 1 tsp of vegetable oil. Mix thoroughly and press into a jar. Mix with a little water to create paste & use as a wash or a mask for irritated or dry skin.
OAT BATH Fill a sock with oats (optional drops of lavender oil/ herb) Attach under hot water tap in hot bath, use as a loafer to wash.
Nutritious Porridge/ Muesli – Make a Jar.
Choose amounts according to taste.
Mix together some or all of the following in a Jar.
To take as Muesli simply add unsweetened almond milk.
To take as Porridge
Add hot water to a small bowl the night before, this allows the porridge seeds and nuts to absorb the water and become more easily digestible, heat up in the morning and add honey to taste.