Oat straw is also known as Avena sativa, and has certain therapeutic properties and the reported benefits of using it internally, in the form of a herbal tea (infusion) are listed below.
Oat straw is used for the following
Avena sativa benefits:
• fighting osteoporosis
• building bones
• pain relief
• calming hyperactive children
• soothing elderly people
• fighting anxiety
• panic attacks
• boosting immune system
• depression and nervous exhaustion
Oatstraw has been found to be an excellent toner for the whole system. Oat Straw is useful for thyroid and estrogen deficiency, for MS, osteoporosis, appetite loss, anorexia, urinary concerns, colds and chills and to encourage sweating. It’s secondary uses are boils, weak bones, bursitis, constipation, gallbladder, kidney problems, liver disorders, pancreatic concerns, rheumatism, and some skin conditions.
This herb increases internal heat, dispels internal chill and strengthens metabolism and circulation, relieves symptoms of depression, prevents and relieves spasms, softens and soothes damaged or inflamed surfaces such as the gastric mucous membranes, strengthens functional activity of the nervous system, helps with the process of assimilating food and has the property of nourishing, and restores, nourishes, and supports the entire body; it exerts a gently strengthening effect on the body.
Infusions have more strength than just normal tea.
The standard way to make an infusion, unless otherwise specified, is to pour a cup of boiling water over the material to be infused, let it stand for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink it.
I allow the infusion to sit for 4 hours or longer depending on the herb. Bitter herbs get too bitter if you allow them to sit much longer than 30 minutes. You can add milk and sweetner to your infusions if you like. I drink them all straight because I don’t think we need the milk or sugar.
Place 1/2 cup of dried herb in a quart jar, add boiling water, cover and let it steep. The longer you steep the tea the more medicinal strength from the herbs. Oatstraw is not bitter and makes a decent tea. You can keep the jar in the refigerator for 24 hours.
Oatstraw is not a quick fix herb, it is an herb that can be quite effective if used on a regular basis over time. Every person and every situation is different, but a general guideline could be to drink two to three cups of infusion, three or four times a week. It is slow to act in the system but has a long lasting effect.
Oatstraw may also be added to the bath to help relieve overall nervous body tensions and combines well with Lemon Balm for this purpose.