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Avena Sativa

In folk medicine, oats are used by herbalists to treat nervous exhaustion, insomnia, and "weakness of the nerves." A tea made from oats was thought by herbalists to be useful in rheumatic conditions and to treat water retention. A tincture of the green tops of oats was also used to help with withdrawal from tobacco addiction. Oats were often used in baths to treat insomnia and anxiety as well as a variety of skin conditions, including burns and eczema.


400mg one to three times daily.

Potential applications

Anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, depression, convalescence, herpes, shingles, hair/skin/nail health, cholesterol reduction. Oat preparations are also used for diseases and complaints of the gastrointestinal tract, gallbladder and kidneys, for cardiovascular disorders, constipation, diabetes, diarrhoea, fatigue, rheumatism, and aphrodisiac properties.

Known contraindications

None known.


None known.

Use in conjunction with

  • Anxiety - B complex, flax seed oil, St. John's wort


Avena sativa seeds are a rich source of iron, manganese, and zinc.


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