sweet, slightly bitter, neutral temp
tonic, antidepressant, rejuvenative
spleen, heart, kidneys
The tradition of using the 'straw' as a medicine also goes back a long way and has a strong theme of being used for nervous system disease and debility. Oats have been used to treat conditions such as depression, headaches, and fatigue. Oatstraw tea or tincture have been recommended for degenerative wasting conditions.