Oatstraw is the green top of the oat plant, harvested when the seed is at the milky stage, before it's fully ripe. The herb is nutritive and soothing to itchy, flaky skin and is used in baths, lotions and skin washes. It also makes a comforting herbal tea.
Cultivated for over 3,000 years, oats were not an intentionally cultivated grain. A happy accident, it was orginally 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.
- As the seed matures, the herb value is lost.
- An annual cereal grass domesticated from several wild species.
- Should always be a pale green color.
- Called Sumadid de Avena in Spanish.
Origin: United States
Directions: 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, skullcap, chamomile or passion flower.
Suggested usesOatstraw is soothing to dry, flaky and itchy skin. It's an ingredient in skin creams and lotions, baby products and bath products. Other benefits are found when used as a relaxing tea. It's wonderfully restorative as a footbath for tired, achey feet.
Flavor Profile: Fresh and herbaceous
Botanical name: Avena sativa L.