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Sativa is an ingredient Andro-Shock and I was interested in
'what' it was. It is commonly taken with products designed to
increase testosterone such as tribulus terrestris.
The oat plant is not very glamorous, but when it comes to health and
nutrition, it is a powerful workhorse. Oats come to us by way of Scotland,
but it is not known when they were first introduced there. There are about
25 varieties, but the one used in herbal medicine is Avena sativa. (1)
Most people know the mature seed of the plant is used as a cereal grain,
but the whole plant, with exception of the roots, has an important place
in herbal medicine.
Before they mature, for about 2 weeks in late August, the seeds are
actually in a liquid or “milky” stage. This is the best time to collect
oats for tincturing to be used as a nervine or nerve tonic because they
have the highest amounts of nutrients and active principles. Once the oat
seeds are mature, in late summer or early fall, they can be harvested and
rolled or ground into oatmeal. If they are left unprocessed, they are
called groats. (1) After harvesting the seeds, the straw from the plant
can be cut up and used also in teas. The ground husks surrounding the
seeds becomes oat bran. (2)
Oats are warming, moist and sweet. They have saponins, flavonoids,
minerals, alkaloids, steroidal compounds, vitamins B1, B2, D, E, carotene,
gluten, starch and fat. All of these make oats an excellent nerve tonic to
recover from nervous exhaustion due to stress, depression, lethargy, or as
a preventative in difficult times to cope better. (2,3,4) Oatmeal is also
useful externally to relieve itching from rashes such as chicken pox,
eczema, cold sores, and shingles. (2,5) Oat bran is used to reduce blood
cholesterol levels and is a source of fiber. (2) Oat straw is used both as
a nerve tonic and because of its mineral content, it is often used in teas
to promote bone health.
Eating oats and oat bran often is a positive direction to take in
improving the diet. Oats can be used in baking, as a hot cereal, and as a
soup thickener. (5) Oat bran can be sprinkled in salads, soups, and other
foods to add fiber. Colloidal oatmeal baths may be purchased at most
pharmacies or can be made by grinding oatmeal in a food processor or
coffee grinder. Cooked, warm or lukewarm oatmeal can be used in a poultice
over rashes, eczema, shingles and cold sores. Two to three ml (about 1/2
teaspoonful) of milky oats tincture can be mixed in hot water or tea and
drunk up to 3 times a day for the nerves. (2) For people with celiac’s
disease, let the tincture settle and pour off only the clear liquid to
avoid any gluten. (2) Oat straw decoction (simmered tea) may be used
Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she gave oats to us. They
are full of what we need to make it through our stressful lives and the
cold, wet weather of winter. They have vitamins, minerals, complex
carbohydrates, protein and fiber, and are available in abundance. Almost
everyone can benefit by adding oats to their diet.
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