Dried tops (milky stage)
Sweet, warm, moist
Nerve restorative, antidepressant, nutritive, demulcent
Nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine
Avena sativa is an extremely useful plant for human affairs. It can be used to make food, medicine, animal feed, alcohol, building material, cover crops, and more. Used medicinally, Oatstraw is rich in minerals, especially silica, which support dozens of metabolic processes in the body, most notably in strengthening connective tissue and feeding the nerves.
For only one week out of its growing cycle, the Oat tops produce a milky substance which eventually becomes the nutrient dense grain we commonly use as food. However, a tincture of the Oat tops in the milky stage (Milky Oat) will contain certain flavonoids that provide the most nourishing nerve restorative in the entire herbal materia medica. The milk also contains isovitexin which allows our endogenous dopamine to circulate longer in our body, helping us regulate mood and feel more engaged with our environment.
When the nervous system is depleted beyond its capabilities, a person may experience fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, depression, insomnia, impotence, and general weakness. This depleted state can even lead to unhealthy or even addictive behaviors in attempts to feel better, even for a short time. Milky oats have long been used to prevent and treat these conditions, as well as low libido, menopausal depression, insufficient lactation, and postpartum symptoms. Its reputation as an aphrodisiac in both men and women is thought to have given rise to the saying sow your wild oats. The effect of increasing circulating dopamine is more recently being studied for cognitive performance. Oat is a gentle, safe and powerful herb that can be used to restore vitality, promote restful sleep, improve cognition, and with the dopamine boost help us feel more grounded and connected in our lives.