Avena sativa Common Names: Oatstraw & Common Oat Oatstraw is a grass with blade like leaves that produces edible seeds known to most of us as "oatmeal". The stalks, leaves and premature flower florets have been used medicinally for over 3000 years as a soothing nerve tonic. Oatstraw is a nervine herb (meaning it calms the central nervous system) which makes it useful for soothing symptoms of numerous ailments, most notably Shingles, Multiple Sclerosis and migraine head aches. Oatstraw is also widely used as a cognitive enhancer, insomnia aid and to treat skin disorders.
In 2018, an in depth article was published that describes Avena Sativa effectiveness in treating cerebrovascular disorders. The authors concluded that the antioxidant & anti inflammatory activity of Oatstraw was directly linked to its high avenanthramide content.
The premature flower florets (also known as the milky oat tops) are generally considered to be the most potent part of the plant and thus best suited for medicinal use, however the entire plant is both edible and nutritious. The same article cited above found various preparations of Oat using various parts of the plant to still be high in antioxidant and anti inflammatory activity. Contraindications: One of the most wonderful things about Oatstraw is that it has no contraindications. That being said, there is a chance of cross contamination with the oat seed making its way into commercially sold Oatstraw, so Celiac patients and others needing to avoid gluten should be careful to buy gluten free certified Oatstraw.
*For educational purposes only. Not intended to diagnose, treat, cure,or prevent any disease.