Oat Straw Green Tops, Organic
Oatstraw is the green top of the oat plant, harvested when the seed is at the milky stage, before it's fully ripe. While consuming oatstraw steeped as a tea is most common, you can also use it as a simple tincture or take it in capsules.
Cultivated for over 3,000 years, oats were not an intentionally cultivated grain. A happy accident, it was originally considered a weed among other crop grains. However, its tenacious nature and and wide tolerance for growing conditions led to eventual appreciation. It can thrive through stretches of poor growing conditions while other crops struggle.
To add to your bath; place two cups of oatstraw in a muslin cloth and add to the bathwater, swishing it around. Or, you can make a strong oat tea and pour directly into your bath. To enhance your experience, tie 1/2 cup of oatmeal in a soft cloth and use to cleanse the skin after a nice soak in the bath.
To make a tea; use one to two teaspoons of oatstraw to one cup of boiling water. Let steep for ten minutes, strain and enjoy. To enhance the tonifying and soothing benefits, combine with lemon balm, nettles, scullcap, chamomile or passion flower.
Origin: United States
Botanical name: Avena sativa L.