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Oatstraw herbal infusion 101: (s/o: Herbal infusion study group)


Also known as
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Avena sativa, Oats, Common Oats, and sometimes referred to as "avena."

Introduction
Oat straw is, as its name suggests, the above-ground parts of the oat plant left after harvesting the grain. In Europe, oat straw is a long-trusted additive to soaps and skin conditioners

Constituents
Carbohydrates, silicic acid.

Parts Used
The threshed and dried stem and leaf, and the dried or fresh milky tops.


Precautions
None, unless you are allergic to oats. Gluten sensitivity will not be activated by use of oat straw on the skin.
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/oatstraw.php



--Medicinal Action and Uses---
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Nervine, stimulant, antispasmodic. Oats are made into gruel. This is prepared by boiling 1 OZ. of oatmeal or groats in 3 pints of water till reduced to 1 quart, then straining it, sugar, lemons, wine, or raisins being added as flavouring. Gruel thus is a mild nutritious aliment, of easy digestion in inflammatory cases and fevers; it is very useful after parturition, and is sometimes employed in poisoning from acid substances. It is found useful also as a demulcent enema and boiled into a thick paste makes a good emollient poultice.
http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/o/oats--03.html


Common Uses:
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Anxiety/Panic * Cholesterol Control * Culinary * Eczema * Pet care * Psoriasis * Sexual tonics * Stop Smoking * Stress *

Properties: Anti-inflammatory* Emollient* Adaptogens* Nervine* Tonic* Depurative*

Parts Used:
Leaves and stems of the preflowering plant

Constituents:
Saponins, alkaloids (trigonelline and avenine), a sterol, flavonoids, starch, protein (gluten), fats, minerals (including silica, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, zinc), vitamin B
http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail273.php

Oat straw is no miracle cure all, but it has an impressive resume. Oat straw is claimed to have the following health boosting effects:
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  • Provides a mild boost of energy
  • Aides in detoxification
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Helpful for overcoming cigarette, alcohol, or drug addictions
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • An anti-depressant
  • Reduces stress
  • May help increase libido
http://www.healthmad.com/Nutrition/T...t-Straw.383105


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Oatstraw Tea Benefits are quite renown for their potency in the area of the nervous system and in bone-strengthening and bone-building.

The main constituents are carbohydrates and silicic acid. It is also rich in calcium and magnesium, as well as Vit A, B Complex and E.
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The following are the health benefits attributed to oatstraw tea:
  • may help build bones and fight osteoporosis.
  • may help calm the nervous system and fight depression and anxiety.
  • may help alleviate pain.
  • may help lower blood cholesterol levels.
  • may help build the immune system.
  • Oatstraw Tea, when applied externally as poultice, may be helpful in treating skin conditions such as eczema, rashes from chicken pox or other skin irritations.
Herbs that Ease Anxiety and Fear
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Oatstraw infusion is another favorite of those who want to feel less anxious. Preparation is the same as for nettle infusion; remember to avoid tea bags and capsules. The taste of oatstraw is softer and more mellow; you will enjoy it warm with a little honey. Green oat tincture is much more powerful than oatstraw infusion. It is especially useful for those whose anxiety is combined with excessive nervous energy. Or try a hot bath with lemon balm or oatstraw; an ancient remedy for bad cases of the “nerves.” Ahhhh. . . .
http://www.susunweed.com/An_Article_Fear_AW1.htm

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Oatstraw is considered an herb of longevity in India. American herbalists value it as a strengthener and nourisher to the nerves. Like oats themselves, oatstraw infusion is heart healthy and cholesterol-lowering. Many a menopausal woman has praised oatstraw's cooling, calming ways.

Oats and Oatstraw are Good Friends in Hot Water. An evening in a hot tub with Avena is a delicious experience. Skin soother, hair rinse, oat tonic and more...
Skin soother, hair rinse, tonic recipes: http://www.herbshealing.com/herbal_e...03/recipes.htm

Susan Weed on Youtube regarding Infusions:
http://www.youtube.com/wisewomantradition



Safe for use during pregnancy. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pre...svitamins.html
http://www.mothernature.com/Library/...ooks/15/68.cfm
http://www.nourish.net.nz/articles-c...ac=311&art=566

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Oatstraw tea is another useful beverage for the pregnant and breastfeeding women.
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Oat straw is the dried leaves and twigs of the oat plant, which produces oat seed that is processed into rolled oats. Oats and oat straw help strengthen the nervous system and are considered nerve tonics. Rich in minerals, oats and oat straw also help build strong bones and teeth and strengthen capillaries and veins, and provides some support to those troubled by varicose veins and haemorrhoids. Oatstraw tea can be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding as an additional source of nutrients.

http://www.nourish.net.nz/articles-c...ac=311&art=566


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Yay Pat! Just saw the thread, these (this and Red Clover) are the two next that I wanted to read about. :
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Highlights from Nutritional Herbology by Mark Pedersen
Per 100g dry weight:

Calcium - 1430mg
Magnesium - 1200mg
Niacin (B3) - 7.5mg
Vitamin A - 12,000IU

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What quantity dry measure is 100g? About 1cup? That is a LOT of calcium and magnesium!


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I just got my copy recently and haven't looked through everything, but I don't know how much of the vitamins and minerals we get with various infusion approaches--boiling water vs warm water, time to let the infusion sit, like that. But I think the book is really cool, though I'm getting worried I'll start messing with medicinal-type properties without knowing what's really a good idea vs what's not. But the book is seriously worth purchasing IMO.
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What quantity dry measure is 100g? About 1cup? That is a LOT of calcium and magnesium!


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I don't have any here to measure. But the book does say that fresh has 78% water and air dried is 6.7% water.

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I believe minerals tend to extract well in water infusions. Vitamins, I don't know, especially because of heat. I'd love to hear more about that.

Someone asked on the other herb thread about oatstraw and gluten. The milky oat tops are the same part that eventually becomes the hard oat seed, which is then rolled to make oatmeal. There is a similar protein to gluten in the oatseed (I think it's gliadin - feel free to correct me). People who are gluten intolerant may react to oatmeal because of shared milling equipment with wheat. However, some people who can't have gluten also say they react to oatmeal processed on gluten-free equipment. These folks may also be unable to digest milky oat tops/oatstraw.

I definitely can't have gluten or oatmeal processed on gluten equipment (never tried the pure), but I love milky oat tops and have not reacted.

So trust you gut (instinct) on this one.
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