The entire oat plant has healing properties. Oat Straw is the herb of longevity in Ayurveda. It restores the nervous system, enhances emotional flexibility, and sexual flow. Oat Straw is exceptionally good at nourishing heart health and moderating cholesterol. It is best used in an infusion where it provides protein, all macro and trace minerals in high amounts, and very high amounts of B vitamins (with the exception of B-12).
One cup of oat straw infusion has more than 300mg of calcium. This, paired with its high magnesium content, make oat straw a powerful ally for those who suffer with muscle spasms or frequent Charlie horses.
Oat straw is widely used as a calming remedy for those suffering from insomnia, tension, anxiety, headaches, sadness, and depression. It helps relieve stress and calm the nervous system during pregnancy and while nursing because it has such limited side effects. It can also be especially helpful when treating depression.
The steroidal saponins in Oat Straw nourish the pancreas and liver, improving digestion and stabilizing moods. Oat straw is best known for its ability to enhance libido for both men and women.
Typically, one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of dried herb is placed in a quart jar which is then filled to the top with boiling water, tightly lidded and allowed to steep for 4-10 hours. After straining, a cup or more is consumed, and the remainder chilled to slow spoilage. Drinking 2-4 cups a day is usual. Since the minerals and other phytochemicals in nourishing herbs are made more accessible by drying, dried herbs are considered best for infusions.
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