Oatstraw tea is renowned for its potency in the area of the nervous system, bone-strengthening and bone-building.
Oatstraw comprises the above-ground parts of the oat plant that remain after the grain has been harvested. Oatstraw was once only known for its use in the stuffing of mattresses. It was also thought to alleviate the pains associated with rheumatism.
The stem or the stern of the oat plant is the area upon which many of the nutritive and medicinal benefits and properties can be derived.
The main constituents of the oatstraw are carbohydrates and silicic acid. It is also rich in calcium and magnesium, as well as Vitamins A, B Complex, C and E.
Oatstraw tea is made by placing 1 tablespoon of dried oatstraw in about 8 ounces of boiling water. It is then allowed to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
The following are the health benefits attached to this tea:
- May help build bones and fight osteoporosis.
- Can help calm the nervous system and fight depression and anxiety.
- May help to alleviate pain.
- May help lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Possibly aids in building up the immune system.
- When applied externally as a poultice this tea may be helpful in treating skin conditions such as eczema, rashes from chicken pox or other skin irritations.