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Oatstraw (Avena sativa)

$6.00 Regular price $8.00
All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. ENGLISH COMMON NAME:Standard: Oatstraw Also known as; the common oat, oat, red oat, side oat, tree oat. LATIN NAME:Avena sativa Plant Family: Poaceae PART(S) USED:Dried Leaves. OVERVIEW: The whole plant is referred to as 'Oatstraw' and is descended from a cross between wheat and barley. Thought to be domesticated around 3,000 years ago, it eventually spread to wet and cool climates in Europe and became a popular cereal grain, claiming its place as a major food staple in the Poaceae family alongside wheat, barley, and rice. Today, most cultivated oats are primarily bailed and sold as feed, however much is grown for food as well and will continue to be cultivated in larger and larger quantities as its health benefits become more widely known. Oatstraw is a highly beneficial nervine and nutritive. Oatstraw may reduce the risk of heart disease when included as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is prized amongst herbalists for its gentle and supportive nature. It is highly nutritive, containing minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins, and a variety of other constituents which deeply nourish the entire body. This gentle restorative herb has been used as an assistant to help those that are cold, depleted, or tired, drink too much coffee, or are chronically burnt out. PREPARATIONS:Dried oatstraw can be used in a variety of ways including in bath and body care recipes, steeped as tea, or made into a liquid extract. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Oatstraw is likely safe for most people, including pregnant and breast-feeding women. It can cause intestinal gas and bloating.  We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Reference Health Canada:http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredReq.do?id=5922&lang=eng