|Oats Nourish Your Nervous System|
The healing powers long associated with oats probably derived from the grain’s high nutritional value. Oats contain more essential fatty acids than most grains, and are an excellent source of B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium and calcium, as well as high levels of silica and vitamin E.
They are rich in dietary fibre and high quality protein. The outer coat of the grain, the bran, contains the B vitamin, inositol, in significant quantities. Inositol metabolizes fats and cholesterol, and combines with choline to form lecithin. As well as lowering cholesterol levels, the consumption of oats promotes healthy hair and may help to prevent eczema in predisposed individuals.
Oats also contain vitamin K, essential in the formation of prothrombin, a blood-clotting agent. They are also a source of selenium, an antioxidant which helps to prevent or slow down aging and hardening of tissues resulting from oxidation.
Oats (Avena sativa), in the tincture form is used extensively in the clinic. I regularly incorporate it in herbal mixes to treat the nervous system, gut pain and discomfort and some skin conditions. People with a gluten sensitivity can tolerate the tincture. (Gluten is found in wheat, oats, barley and rye.)
Oats is one of the best remedies for “feeding” the nervous system. It is considered a specific in cases of nervous debility and exhaustion when associated with depression. The high levels of silicic acid explains its use, both internally and externally, as a remedy for skin conditions.
Oat tea is often prescribed as a remedy for reducing cigarette smoking and other addictions. It also helps soothe inflamed mucus membranes of the stomach and intestines.
Oatmeal paste relieves the itching and swelling of insect bites or hives and will also work as a poultice to draw out splinters.
Perfectly delicious porridge
Stir in nuts, sunflower seeds and apple. Pour into bowls, sprinkle with wheat germ and serve with soy, rice or oat milk and/or yoghurt.
This porridge can be refrigerated and used as required.