Tips for using oats in herbal medicine and home remedies

Oats (Avena Sativa) are good for skin conditions such as eczema. They are also good for treating depression and are proven to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Oats make an excellent nerve tonic that is beneficial for the whole system. They also promote sweating.

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Oats are used in skin care to keep the complexion glowing with good health.


Oats are used in herbal medicine for treating many disorders.

Oats are used in the treatment of thyroid and estrogen deficiency. They are used for degenerative disorders and for relieving persistent colds. Oats are a traditional food for those recovering from an illness and they supply necessary fiber in the diet. They are often used to relieve diarrhea. A tea made from oats can be useful in rheumatic conditions and in the treatment of water retention.

Oats can be combined with other herbs.

Oats are used in the treatment of insomnia, headache, and anxiety. Combined with vervain, skullcap, or mugwort, oats make an excellent tonic mixture to sip in times of stress. Oats are rich in iron, manganese, calcium, and zinc. The high mineral content is great for achieving healthy hair, nails, and bones.

Oats can help cure addiction.

Oats are sometimes used to ease nicotine withdrawal. They have been used for centuries in India to help opium, morphine and cigarette addicts kick their habits. If kicking a bad habit, combine oats with kudzu root for best results.

Oats contain globulin proteins.

Oats are the only cereal grain that contains globulin (a legume-like protein). Oat protein is nearly equivalent in quality to soy protein which has been shown by the World Health Organization to be the equal of meat, milk, and eggs.

Green oat straw is used in herbal medicine.

Green oat straw is used as a medicinal herb for teas and other herbal preparations. Milled oats are known as a morning breakfast cereal (such as Quaker Instant Oatmeal). There are many other ways to incorporate oats into the diet such as cookies and granola bars. A nutritious tea can be made from a heaping tablespoon of oats brewed with one cup of water.

Oats are used in herbal baths and creams.

Skin conditions benefit greatly from oats. A soothing bath for irritated skin can be made by running water through a clean sock containing several tablespoons of oats. Oats made into creams and ointments help clear up many skin disorders, such as acne and pimples . Cooked oatmeal can be used as a poultice to moisturize dry skin. Ground dried oats are a traditional ingredient in cosmetics and are used for their clearing and rejuvenating action.

Oats grow in temperate regions.

Oats are originally from Europe and Asia. They grow well in all temperate regions including the north Georgia mountains. Oats are usually sown in the spring, as soon as the soil can be worked, and are not affected by late frosts or snow. The vigorous growth habit of oats will tend to choke out most weeds.

Harvest green oats before flowering for medicinal purposes.

For medicinal use, harvest the green aerial parts just before they reach full flower stage. Most herbalists use the fruits (seeds) or green tops.  Stems, leaves, and husks are used in teas and tinctures or as a healing wash for the skin. There is little medicinal value in the dried straw part of the plant.

* Oats are frequently processed near wheat, barley and other grains. Do not ingest if you have gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Always consult with a physician before using any herbal remedies.

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