Herbal tinctures are great for added support and can be used alone or in conjunction with homeopathic remedies. When taking herbal products you are taking the actual plant substance and when you are taking a homeopathic remedy you are actually taking the energy of that substance. Sometimes individuals may have a reaction to a specific herb however, I do not usually see this type of reaction when taking the homeopathic remedy. Results from taking herbal tinctures are usually seen very quickly. Oat tincture is a great example of an herb that can support us during times of stress and anxiety. I have seen if work well for insomnia, anxiety, worry, fear, addictions and PTSD among other things. Here is some information on the Oat plant along with its' health benefits.
The common oat or avena sativa is an annual member of the grass family and one of the eight major cereal crops of the world. It has been used as a cereal and fodder (animal food) crop since ancient times. Oats are an annual plant growing to about 3 feet tall with large drooping seed heads. It has been cultivated since the Bronze Age (2000 years ago) in Celtic and Germanic regions of Europe and originated as a weed, popping up in fields of other cultivated grains.
Avena sativa actually means “wild oats” in Latin. This plant was used as a medicine prior to being used as food and they may have been referring to this plant in the phrase “sowing your wild oats,” due to its effect on sexual stimulation.
Avena Sativa – Oat tincture has an affinity for our brain and nervous system and is considered a Moon (Monday) herb.
Health Benefits of Oats
Avena Sativa is used as a nerve tonic. It directly influences brain and nerve functions and improves the nutrition of the entire system.
Oats are a mild sedative and can be used for insomnia, nervous exhaustion, ADD and ADHD and even performance anxiety.
Avena Sativa has been traditionally used to treat depression and is also helpful when withdrawing from an addiction such as alcohol, smoking, tranquilizers or other drugs and antidepressants. Wild oats are an anti-inflammatory and a good detoxifier.
They can boost heart health by lowering cholesterol levels.
Avena sativa helps you to lower your risk for heart-threatening blood clots and keeps your arteries flexible.
It helps with viral conditions such as herpes and shingles.
Oats are beneficial for the prostate gland and can help with impotence and spermatorrhea (involuntary release of semen). It also produces a tonic effect on the nerve structure of the sexual organs.
Avena Sativa helps with any state of debility and exhaustion and during convalescence.
Avena sativa helps with amenorrhea-(no periods) because it is rich in minerals that promote better thyroid function.
Oat straw can be used for thyroid and estrogen deficiency and also for degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis. It also helps with colds, especially if recurrent or persistent.
How to take Oat tincture:
Suggested dose for our homemade tinctures is 3-5 drops in water or your choice of a drink 1 to 3 times a day. Start slowly & increase as needed. If issues are severe increase the amount of drops. Shake before using as our tinctures are not strained.