Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Avena Sativa (Oats)

Believe it or not, oats are an effective and excellent tonic for the nervous system. 
They are especially good when you're feeling stressed and under a lot of tension as they are considered to have 'nervine' properties. 

Oats are both relaxing and stimulating to the nervous system meaning they calm and rejuvenate the nerves. (Great for use for people attempting to quit smoking!)
They can also be used in a tea, or an 'oatstraw infusion' to relieve nervous conditions: 1 cup of boiling water to 1-2 tsp of oats steeped for 10-15 minutes and drunk three times a day.

Another option for use is in a bath. Simply put cooked rolled oats (about a cup or two) into a muslin bag and throw it in the bath water. The mucilage property of the oats will seep into the bath water and sooth irritated skin, and nerves!

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