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Learning At The Potter's Wheel is a collection of articles on home, family, marriage, parenting, natural medicine and herbs. . . along with a few other items of interest. Have fun sorting through my junk drawer of assorted thoughts and ramblings.

AT THE POTTER'S WHEEL

The Potter has persisted in giving me treasures I don't always understand or appreciate. Patiently, He is teaching me to trust that all I really need to know is that I am in HIS hands. . .

OATSTRAW

ALSO KNOWN AS:
Avena sativa

PARTS USED
The parts of the oat plant left after harvesting the grain. This includes the threshed stem, leaf and milky tops, fresh or dried.

PHYTOCHEMICALS & NUTRIENTS
Benzaldehyde, beta-carotene, beta-ionone, beta-sitosterol, betaine, caffeic acid, campesterol, carbohydrates, caryophyllene, chlorophyll, ferulic acid, lignin, limonene, p-coumaric acid, quercetin, scopoletin,
silicic acid, sinapic acid, stigmasterol, vanillic acid, vanillin.

Calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and E

PROPERTIES & USES
Oatstraw contains an effective mix of calcium, magnesium, zinc and B vitamins that acts as an antidepressant, restorative nerve tonic, and relaxant. B vitamins are crucial for healthy brain and nervous system function. Zinc deficiencies are common in sufferers of depression.

INSOMNIA, BEDWETTING, ANXIETY
Taken internally this herb increases perspiration and helps to ease insomnia while relieving bed-wetting. Potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamin A combine to support good bladder muscle function and relieve muscle cramps.

· Potassium is critical for the body to metabolize calcium and magnesium. It helps relieve muscle cramps.

· Calcium alleviates tension, irritability, anxiety and depression.

· Magnesium is necessary for proper nerve function, relieving anxiety, tension and nervousness. Best taken with calcium.

Because oatstraw is a whole food, the body is able to access the bio-available nutrients and access them for the greatest benefit. Nutrient supplements are seldom able to duplicate this.

NICOTENE WITHDRAWAL
The nutrients in oatstraw are thought to help with nicotine withdrawal. For this purpose, the extract is said to be effective. I believe a tincture would suffice, as well. For tobacco withdrawal, mix 1 teaspoon liquid extract or tincture into ¼ cup water and drink three times daily.

Oatstraw is often taken as a dried powder, in capsules, or as a tea.

NAIL GROWTH
Oat straw tea drank several times a day encourages healthy nail growth. Or, place 1 teaspoon liquid extract in ¼ cup water and drink the mixture twice daily.

If you are using a tincture, take one ounce (1 mL) three times a day.

SEXUAL STIMULANT?
Studies are inconclusive as to the value in this area. However, many report that this is one of the benefits of adding oatstraw to their diet. As the endocrine system responds favorably to nutritive support, it would not be surprising that this would follow as a natural result of adding oatstraw to the diet.

OATSTRAW TEA
To make a tea, pour 1 c (240 ml) of boiling water over 1 tablespoon (3 g) of the dried oatstraw. Cover and allow to steep for 10–15 minutes and then strain. Drink at least three times daily to alleviate symptoms or as often as you like.

TOPICAL APPLICATIONS
Oatstraw is a good soother for skin disorders including neuralgia, shingles and genital herpes.

The tea made from this herb can be utilized as a wash. The powder, tea, or tincture is often added to skin care products (i.e. soaps and skin conditioners).

To soothe a skin irritation add small amounts of warmed milk to a tablespoon of powdered oatstraw until you have made a paste. Apply to the skin irritation and cover with plastic wrap. Secure the plastic and leave in place for 30 minutes to an hour. Repeat as often as needed for relief. This method can also be utilized to make a facial treatment.

An oatstraw bath can provide relief for skin conditions and neuralgia. Boil 1 lb (500 g) of shredded oatstraw in 2 qt (0.95 L) of water for 20 minutes. If powdered, use ¼ to ½ cup of oatstraw. Strain the mixture and add it to the bath.

CAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS
Wild oat has not been associated with any health risks. There are no known side effects associated with designated dosages of wild oat. However, people diagnosed with celiac disease should consult with a doctor or health practitioner to determine if they can safely take wild oat internally.

Disclaimer: None of this is to be considered a substitute for medical examination and/or treatment. Use what you will, but do so knowing that you must consider your own circumstance and the application of these things with sound judgment.





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