Exactly how Oatstraw works is a mystery of nature. It seems to provide deep nourishment in a way our bodies can easily assimilate and use.
However we do know oats are a source of many nutrients including: proteins, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin A, silica, phosphorous and iron.
Some of the many reported benefits of Oat straw tea include:
It has a mild soothing taste and smell.
It can be used on a daily basis for as long as desired.
It provides wonderful long term nourishment.
It is an excellent source of calcium, iron, phosphorous and B vitamins.
But it is slow acting.
You may have to drink 1 to 4 cups
for 2 to 4 weeks before you notice the difference.
It is well worth the wait.
Oat straw tea can be taken internally 1-4 cups daily.
The infusion (see below) can also be added to a soothing bath and used as a hair rinse.
To make a simple tea-
For an optimum nutrient rich infusion-
Making a herbal infusion before bed and letting it steep overnight is an excellent way to extract the nourishment from the dried herb.
Dried oat straw herb is relatively inexpensive and can often be purchased in the bulk herb section of your health food store.
It has been used in herbalist traditions for hundreds of years. No drug interactions or side effects have been reported. However some people with allergies or gluten sensitivity should avoid oats.
Oats can nourish, help us settle down and enjoy life. Oat straw herbal infusion or tea is a perfect way to become more resilient to stress, soothe nerves and help us get more “in touch” with ourselves and others.
Please remember the information on this page is not intended to be medical advice. It is always wise to consult with a trained health care professional for appropriate recommendations for your situation.
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