Oats have been used as a staple food in northern Europe for centuries. The plant is also a good nerve tonic and restorative, and more recently it has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Oatmeal is often used externally in skin remedies, while oat straw was a medieval remedy for rheumatism.
Parts used: Seeds, straw, bran whole unripe plant
Actions: Antidepressant, restorative nerve tonic, diaphoretic, nutritive; Oatbran is antithrombotic, and reduces cholesterol levels
Used in: Tinctures, porridge, poultices, juice, tablets