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Oatstraw
shopping: two varieties
Avena sativa

oatstraw

plant overview
soothing and nutritious

Oatstraw is a term that collectively represents the stems, flowers and seeds of Avena sativa, the common oat plant and the same grain most people are familiar with as a hot breakfast cereal. Because the “straw” is harvested while the grain is still immature, oatstraw is sometimes referred to as milky oats. Oatstraw has a lot going for it in terms of nutritional value. A mere cup of oatstraw infusion (strong tea) is an abundant source of protein, silica, B vitamins and a whopping 300 milligrams of calcium. The herb is also tinctured. Powdered oatstraw is used to make various skin care preparations to ease dry, itchy skin. It is also added to herbal bath bags or even directly into the bath water.

Clicking "learn more" next to each variety will take you to individual product pages for details.
Oatstraw
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information for oat

description
Avena sativa, a annual of the Poaceae family, has a smooth stem, growing up to 4 feet high, with linear lanceolate, veined rough leaves; loose striate sheaves; stipules lacerate; panicle equal, loose; spikelets pedunculate, pendulous, two-flowered, both perfect, lower one mostly awned; paleae cartilaginous, embracing the caryopsis; root is fibrous.

common names & nomenclature
The name oat straw is in reference to it being from the upper stems of the oat plant, and for the long-ago use as a mattress stuffing.

Also known as:
oats, oat straw


02.
Where in the World
habitat and range for oat

Avena sativa is widespread throughout Europe, Asia and northwest Africa. Several species have become naturalized in many parts of the world, and are regarded as invasive weeds where they compete with crop production.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting oat

climate
Oats grow on dry wasteland, cultivated ground and meadows in full sun.

soil
Oats are an easily grown crop that succeeds in any moderately fertile soil. They prefer a poor dry soil.

growing
Sow seeds directly in the garden in early spring or in the autumn. Only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.

harvesting
Harvest oats and oatstraw at the end of summer, dry the straw and cut into pieces or grind into powder for later use.

preserving
Store dried oatstraw pieces and powdered dried oatstraw in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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