OAT STRAW (TOPS)
NERVINE, ANTI-DEPRESSANT, THYROID, IMPOTENCE, ANTI-FUNGAL, SKIN
Oat straw tincture is considered to be a nervine, tonic, antidepressant, hypoglycemic, nutritive, demulcent and a vulnerary. It has been used traditionally as a uterine tonic, and is helpful in sterility and impotence, stimulating the thyroid and influencing sex hormone production. Its anti-fungal activity may be helpful in treating several skin conditions for both people and animals. It is also considered to be a powerful sedative and effective stress reliever. Oat straw extract was shown in studies to aid in improved attention and concentration and for helping to maintain focus while doing various tasks. Wild oat is believed to help with nicotine withdrawal, and is a remedy recommended by many German doctors.
Oat extracts have been shown to stimulate the release of luteinizing hormone. A rise in this hormone triggers ovulation in females and testosterone in males. When used with Saw Palmetto or Stinging Nettle, Oat straw is said to be a very effective arousal aid for women, as well as men. The same combination is supposedly helpful for enlargement of the prostate.
When treating mild depression, Oat seed extract can be combined with other nervines that offer specific antidepressant qualities. They act as a natural anti-depressant and mild sedative. This herb has also combined with Passionflower, St. John's wort, Motherwort, Lemon Balm, or other herbs, to aid the nerves in conditions of nervous tension and anxiety and to enhance cerebral function. It is shown to enhance brainpower, and it has been suggested that Oat straw and oat grain may improve attention, focus and concentration in the elderly as well as in children. Oat's benefit children as a natural herb for calming their moods in different stages of their lives.
The oat grain has been used by herbalists as a food for the chronically ill to and is said to be "stimulating and energy giving" although soothing to the nerves and relaxing to the body. The grain in Oat Straw is high in protein and helpful in increasing stamina and energy. It has also shown to significantly lower cholesterol levels in the blood, which is helpful in reducing the incidence of arteriosclerosis, heart attacks and stroke.
Oat is used in various liquid extracts, tinctures and teas to soothe itchy skin and the rich emollient qualities due to its high gluten and mucilage content, are popular as a bath additive. Oat grain and straw contain the substance necessary to build the outer layer of the skin, the hair and fingernails. Deficiencies often cause dull, unhealthy-looking hair. It is a rich source of silica, oat supplements may help to strengthen nails that are splitting, or cracking and deformed nails.
Ingredients: Oat Grain (tops), Grain Alcohol, Distilled Water
DOSAGE SUGGESTION: Use 6-12 drops in juice or water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
How To Use Tinctures
The benefit of tinctures is that the medicinal value is easily assimilated in the body, they are convenient to use, the average shelf life is 5 years, and they offer a more complete range of medicinal properties than dried herbs or capsules.
The best way to use liquid herbal tinctures is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Tinctures can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water however some tinctures are unpalatable which is why most people prefer to dilute it into a beverage.
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