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  • Oats - Avena sativa

    For the majority of people, their experience of using oats involves the consuming of a humble breakfast bowl of porridge oats, or a sweetened flapjack-type snack. While oats do make a sustaining and healthy breakfast cereal or snack, they also have many other uses.

    Herbalists have for centuries used the grains and straw of Avena sativa. Oats are used as nerve tonics, used to feed a depleted nervous system in individuals who are prone to overwork, anxiety and undernourishment and may be especially appropriate for those of us who depend on regular caffeine fixes to get through the day. Should you experience chronic stress and suffer from burnout as a consequence, Avena sativa is the herb for you.

    Containing starch, protein, fat, water and fat-soluble vitamins (B complex) & minerals (particularly rich in calcium and iron), oats are used to provide nutritive support to the nervous system. With an emphasis on stamina and recuperation, oats are used to overcome fatigue, raise the spirits (especially in cases of depressive exhaustion), and strengthen the whole nervous system.

    Due to its high levels of silicic acid, oats may also be used externally for dry, itchy skin conditions, neuralgia, or to soften and sooth the skin. To make a soothing bath, run the bathwater through a piece of muslin or cheesecloth, or even a sock containing several tablespoonfuls of oats. Alternatively, take the same muslin bag or sock, complete with oats and simply leave it to float in the bath water. See how soft and nourished your skin feels afterwards !

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