Avena sativa (Oats)
Not just a breakfast cereal! Oats and humans have a long partnership spanning thousands of years. Traditionally, it is the immature seed that is used by herbalists. This immature seed is referred to as "milky", the stalk, and plant as a whole is also used. Medicinally, oats are excellent for the nervous system, and are a soothing demulcent to the gastrointestinal tract.
In cardiovascular health, the regular use of oats in nutrition can help to lower harmful (LDL) cholesterol levels, and pairing it with flax can give you the 1! 2! punch that is sometimes needed. Oats are gluten free (unless processed with wheat), so they can offer a soothing boost to individuals who may have a gluten allergy or sensitivity.
Want to know more? Follow the link to explore this brief and informative monograph!
A big thank you to Janelle Farkas of HWB NEPA for the monograph, and Petra Sovcov of HWB Vancouver, for the introduction!
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