Avena sativa

Part Used

Aerial parts (milky oat seed tops and/or straw)


Nervous; skin


Anti-depressant; antispasmodic; cardiotonic; demulcent; emollient; nervine tonic; nervous system trophorestorative (nutritive restorative); nutritional

Traditional Uses

Oat Straw is high in silica and minerals, and has connective tissue restorative qualities for bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Oat seed tops is higher in saponins and alkaloids and is neurotonic and adaptogenic nervine, useful for anxiety and physical or mental weakness. Overall is a nervous system tonic – nutritive in cases of debility from anxiety, depression and fatigue. Taken overtime, oats will increase one’s stamina and strength. Used as a remedy for skin conditions (inflammation, itchiness, psoriasis, eczema, insect bites), especially in external applications.^1. 2.