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Oatstraw - Avena sativa

Oat extract can also be used to soothe skin conditions, as in skin lotions.

Oat Straw is a substantial source of vital nutrients that support the nervous system. These include calcium, silica, zinc, and B vitamins. No wonder Oat Straw remains an important nourishing tonic and strength enhancer for the body! In fact, Oat Straw preparation are commonly used in Europe to help the body’s increases nutritional needs during times of stress and recovery from illness. Oat Straw can also be found in some herbal calcium formulas to enhance hair, skin & nails health.

Modern European herbal medicine, paid for by insurance, uses oat straw as a nervous system restorative and to strengthen a weakened constitution, as well as to treat genital herpes and shingles. There is no doubt that the silicic acid in the herb is soothing on skin. What about the use of oat straw as a sexual stimulant? A single scientific study a number of years ago found that oat straw stimulates the release of luteinizing hormone, however there is no scientific evidence that oat straw has an effect on the human body's use of testosterone.

Oats are grown throughout the temperate zones. They have a lower summer heat requirement and greater tolerance of rain than other cereals like wheat, rye or barley, so are particularly important in areas with cool, wet summers such as Northwest Europe, even being grown successfully in Iceland. Oats are an annual plant, and can be planted either in autumn (for late summer harvest) or in the spring (for early autumn harvest).

None, unless you are allergic to oats. Gluten sensitivity will not be activated by use of oat straw on the skin.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.