Herb of the Month: Milky Oats
The wonder herb that is gentle enough for all, meet Milky Oats. This well-known plant is versatile, highly nutritive, and widely used in WishGarden formulas because it is are safe for adults, pregnant women, and children.
Milky Oats belongs to the Poaceae family also known as the grass family. Milky Oats has two latin names, dependent on how it is grown. If found in the wild, it’s called Avena fatua and if cultivated, it’s considered Avena sativa. The seed kernel in Avena fatua is thinner, longer, darker and harrier when compared to the Avena sativa seed. It’s an annual plant with tall, hollow stems, and can grow 4 feet tall. The stems have flat blade-like leaves with loosely branched inflorescences or flower producing golden seeds, though the immature seeds are sought after for medicinal purposes. When the seed is squeezed, a milky substance appears, hence the name Milky Oats. Due to its premature state, it has not yet developed the gluten protein, so is considered gluten-free. Other medicinal parts of the plant include, oat straw, which can be harvested at any time and typically used in a different preparation, like a nutritive herbal tea.
Milky Oats has strong restorative properties and an affinity for the nervous system. It can help strengthen your vitality and resistance in times of stress, helping bring the body back into homeostasis. Milky Oats is also highly nutritive, and contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Additionally, it has proteins, fats and carbohydrates, which means it’s supportive on a physical level as well, nourishing the body, strengthening the immune system, and supporting overall well-being.
Methods of Preparation
Methods of preparation for milky oat consumption are usually by decoctions (hot water extraction) and tinctures. You can also use the oat straw part of the plant to make a nutritive tea. Oat straw makes a beautiful base for nutritive tea, and you can add other mineral rich herbs such as alfalfa. You can find Milky Oats in many WishGarden formulas, including Deep Stress, Rise & Energize, and Stress Release for Pregnancy.
It’s almost impossible to list every restorative attribute in super-powered, Milky Oats. Its countless medicinal properties provide a whole-body experience to be enjoyed by all.
Taylor Marie Fleshman is an aspiring herbalist. She is currently attending courses through Herbalism Roots in Denver, Colorado. Her goal is to teach her community about the power behind medicinal herbs and the importance in staying connected with Mother Nature. She works as a customer journey representative here at WishGarden Herbs.
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