Oat Straw (Avena sativa) Overview
Oatstraw (Avena sativa) is a plant with a long history of nourishing and healing in humanity. Even its name, Avena, means nourishment and both the stalks and grains have medicinal and nutritional applications.
Oats are believed to have originated in Northern Europe or the Near East, possibly in the Fertile Crescent, and have now been spread across the world, lending a great deal of job security as a feed for cows, chickens, and humans.
Besides its use as food, Oats have a long history in herbal medicine with a variety of uses. Oats are used as a restorative plant and they enhance mental capacities. The hulls were stuffed into mattresses and pillows as calm and rejuvenate anxious and overworn people.
Its reputation as a sexual enhancer and vitality restorer is so ingrained in our language that we still have phrases like “feeling your oats” and “sowing your wild oats.”
Many of Oatstraw’s medicinal properties are linked to its high level of bio-available nutrition.
Oats are a wonderfully useful plant and their contribution to human culture, food, and medicines cannot be overstated. Oatstraw boasts such a long list of medicinal uses (and for all people, men, and women, old and young), it’s hard to know where to start. But that’s okay because when one is feeling overwhelmed, Oatstraw is just the plant to turn to!
Great for use as in Nourishing Infusions, for gentle relaxation and restoration, made into a tincture for your medicine kit, as an ingredient in your homemade hair and skincare, and for many other applications.
Botanical Name: Avena sativa
Other Common Names: Oat, common oat, cat grass, pet grass, oat grass
Product Contents: Straw
Actions: Anti-depressant, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, nervine (relaxing), nutritive, tonic
Plant Uses: Nervous system exhaustion, strengthen sexual potency/desire, restorative and strengthening to the whole body, mood lifter, clearer cognition, stress reducer.
Preparations: Nourishing herbal infusion, bath, poultice, sitz bath, foot soak, wash, hair rinse, vinegar infusion.
Toxicities/Warnings: Possible gluten cross-contamination; potential danger for those with Celiac disease.
Why Is The Demeter Biodynamic Certification Important?
The US is one of the largest consumers of medicinal herbs. And our demand is increasing quickly.
While there has been an ever-growing push for production within our borders, as much as 80% of bulk herbs available now – even from the most well-respected suppliers - are shipped in from international farms to meet demand.
Not only does this increase our reliance on inefficient, earth-destroying supply chains…
It also means that much of the beneficial properties these herbs contained were destroyed as they are subjected to mandatory irradiation at ports of entry…
Even when the herbs have been grown organically on US soil, well, we all know that Organic label doesn’t mean a whole lot when coming from massive farms in our chemical-saturated world…
And perhaps, like me, you’d prefer your wellness-supporting herbs don’t come with a dose of radiation, possible contamination, or unknown growing practices.
But, what can you do?
How can you ensure the herbs you use and recommend are truly pure and potent?
Where can you find herbs truly worthy of being used medicinally, especially if you can’t grow them yourself?
These questions drove my tireless search for the absolute purest, most potent, and locally sourced herbs. And I was extremely lucky!
Right down the road from me, in the high-altitude and organic heartland of Colorado, I found radiant herbs that are grown with a method that far exceeds my expectations. A Demeter Biodynamic Certified, herb-focused farm. Idyllically placed among the rolling highlands and pure glacier streams of the western Rockies.
After spending some time visiting this farm, I can honestly say - Biodynamic is way beyond a fancy label!
It’s a method of growing that demands a deeply holistic, completely chemical-free farm.
A farm that relates the entire ecology of the earth to the larger cosmos. One that treats the soil, animals, and plants grown on this land as one whole and living organism.
On this only Demeter Biodynamic Certified herb farm in Colorado, at the top of a pristine watershed, each plant is mindfully grown. Planted among companion species, cared for according to natural cycles, and nurtured by deep, living soil - just as Mother Nature does it herself. Then each herb hand-harvested at its individual peak.
This careful and thoughtful work results in the most potent of medicinal herbs.
Powerful plants that provide vitality in you and help regenerate the earth in significant ways, too.
With these herbs you can have the same confidence that I do, knowing that you’re working with extremely potent herbs, and making the most effective medicines the earth can provide.
Biodynamic is the way to go!
I could not believe how fragrant and lovely the infusion I made from this oat straw was. I just dumped the whole 1 oz. package into a quart jar and then steeped it in boiling water for 4+ hrs before sipping the whole jar. It may look like hay, but it is SO LOVELY. Cannot recommend highly enough. I would give it 10 stars if I could :)
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This is awesome news, Vanessa. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate you.