Oatstraw Herb - Herbal Tea
Oat Straw once mainly used in the stuffing of mattresses has found its niche in the health building field and is being used medicinally today as it was traditionally.
Oat has been used through out history for the grain and is eaten as breakfast cereals and ground into flour; however the straw or stem of the Oat has medicinal purposes today as well.
Oatstraw Origins is thought to be traced back to around 2000 BC in the Middle East according to archaeological discoveries. Oat Straw is the stern or stem of the Oat plant and was used as bedding all the way back to cave dwelling time where it was found being used in the Bronze Age. Oats were not brought to the United States until about the 1600’s and it wasn’t until the 1800’s when it really started moving westward.
Oat Straw has gained the attention in the health field for its high nutritive qualities and is sold in tea form to treat many afflictions including fatigue, muscular dystrophy, gall bladder, pancreas and constipation as well as urinary ailments, and colds and for extra calcium. Topically Oat Straw can be used for rheumatism, boils and other skin conditions.
Oat Straw tea is prepared by steeping 1 heaping tablespoon dried Oat Straw in 8 ounces of boiling water for 5 – 10 minutes.
Oatstraw Uses & Herbal Remedies
Oatstraw Tea Benefits
Oat Straw is used as bedding for cattle and horses and is favored for its absorbency and dust free nature.
Ground Oat Straw can be added to the bath to sooth and relieve itching and skin irritations.
Oat Straw tea is useful in menopausal women for the calcium content, B complex vitamins and estrogen benefits.
A poultice of Oat Straw can be used for skin conditions such as eczema, rashes from chicken pox or other skin irritations.
The only caution with Oat Straw is for anyone who is sensitive to glutens.
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