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18

What is Oat Straw?


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What is Oat Straw?What is Oat Straw?

What is oat straw? The oat straw is made of the stem and flower pieces that are left behind after the oats are separated after the harvest. These oats are used to create all kinds of delicious recipes. Then, the oat straw herb can be used to supplement and care for your body. First, you can use the Oat Straw Green Tops Cut and SIfted and Oat Straw Green Powder as cosmetic herbs that can be used to provide all kinds of benefits to your skin. Additionally, you may find some medicinal benefits you can gain from using this wholesale herb. So, let’s get into some of the wonderful benefits that you can have from using this cosmetic herb in your various products!  

What is Oat Straw?: Growing ConditionsWhat is Oat Straw?: Growing Conditions

You will need to plant your oats in a climate with moderate temperatures. Also, you will want to plant your seeds in early spring. Furthermore, you need to plant this herb outdoors. This is important because it requires wind to pollinate and full sun to grow. While sprouts need moist soil to help with germination, adult plants need dry, well draining soil. Though there are a few conditions that this plant will require to survive, it is pretty hardy otherwise. For example, this plant is fairly resistant to droughts. Although this plant prefers sandy or loamy soil, it is hardy enough to be grown in heavier soil as well. Further, this straw can be grown in slightly more acidic soils, too. 

What is Oat Straw?: Harvesting Oat Straw

There are a few ways that you can harvest this herb right at home. You can either harvest right before they are ripe or after they have already ripened. First, many farmers will harvest their oat straw when they the greenest oat kernels are just about to turn a cream color, as this provides them with the largest yield. Then, the farmers will leave them dry in the sun for a few days before bailing them.  Alternatively, you can wait for the plant to ripen on its own.

Although this next method typically leads to greater losses for a large scale farmer, you may want to do it this way for a small, home garden. In order to harvest your plants, you will want to cut the plant roughly 10 cm from the ground using a scythe of a sickle. After, you need to give your oats time to dry in the sun. Once dry, you will need to separate the straw from the grain and you will have your own oat straw.

Further, you can collect seeds that you can save for the following year. too. Just wait for the seeds to turn brown on the plant before taking them. Then, dry these seeds for a few days and separate them. Once the oats and straw are separated you can allow them to dry for a bit longer before you store them for the next year.

What is Oat Straw?: Industrial Uses

There are many wonderful ways to use oat straw in your various recipes and products. First, you can incorporate this herb into teas or sprinkle it on food. This will allow you to benefit from the nutrients and other qualities that this herb has to offer your body. Also, you can use this herb to create nourishing bath and body recipes that you are sure to love. This herb will rejuvenate your whole body, including your skin, nails, and hair. So, you can use this herb to create all kinds of beneficial recipes.

What is Oat Straw?: Food and BeveragesWhat is Oat Straw?: Food and Beverages

The oat straw is what is left over when the oats are harvested. While the oats are useful for creating yummy foods like oatmeal, the straw left behind has some benefits, too. Many that want to incorporate this herb into their diet will create a tea, but there are other ways to eat this herb, too. You can add a bit of the powdered form or an extract to food, smoothies, or tonics. While the taste of oat straw is described by some as soft or mellow, it is not particularly tasty on its own. Luckily, it can be easily disguised in other scrumptious recipes.

What is Oat Straw?: Medicinal UsesWhat is Oat Straw?: Medicinal Uses

Of course, this mild herb has some benefits for your body. This is the main reason why people will create oat straw tea or even take the supplement. However, this herb isn’t a new additive for healing purposes. In fact, traditional European medicine included this herb to treat various ailments. Over time, this cosmetic herb has spread to other areas and used to continue to nourish the human body. So, let’s talk about all the known benefits of using this lovely cosmetic herb.

What is Oat Straw?: Medicinal Benefits

In the middle ages, some people would claim that oat straw could be used to support brain health. Recently, a study was done that revealed oat straw to have a useful effect on reducing feelings of depression and anxiety. The researchers providing this herb provided a reduction in stress and promoted socialization. Also, this herb has been able to promote alertness and increase cognitive abilities in some individuals. Plus, these two minerals along with vitamin B can be useful for soothing your nerves. This can be beneficial for reducing anxiety and are thought to be restorative to those that feel tired, worn out and are in need of recovery. So, this herb can be useful for dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome. Additionally, you can use this herb to promote healthy digestion. This herb is known to soothe the stomach and strengthen the digestive system.

Further, this herb is full of nutrients, like calcium and magnesium, that are useful for building strong bones. Additionally, this herb is thought to promote a hormone that is used to promote cell growth, which could lead to building stronger bones. Not only is this herb useful for strong bones, but this herb has been thought to be useful for fighting osteoporosis. Since this disease’s main symptom is a decrease in bone density, an herb like this can be useful for regaining bone density. Also, some people will use this herb to help treat arthritis. 

Additionally, this herb was classified as an aphrodisiac in the 19th century. A study that was done on this herb more recently and did find some truth to the claim. However, this herb only affected male performance. Although researchers found mixed results, some have found that this herb can be useful for helping quit smoking. So, this may be the perfect tool to help a lighter smoker quit this habit. Also, many will ingest Oat Straw tea to help promote healthy cell growth, which can promote hair growth and lead to thicker, healthier locks.

What is Oat Straw?: Bath and Body UsesWhat is Oat Straw?: Bath and Body Uses

Not only can you use the oat straw herb to nourish the inside of the body, but you can use this cosmetic herb to care for the outside of the body, too. You can use this herb to create rejuvenating bath and body products. Also, you can include this cosmetic herb in nourishing hair care products. The nutrients and beneficial properties of this herb are useful for normal skin care as well as treating various conditions. So, you can learn about some of the reasons you would want to use this herb in your homemade products.

What is Oat Straw?: Bath and Body Benefits

First, you can use this wonderful herb to nourish your dry skin. The vitamins and minerals in the oat straw herb are useful for softening your skin and leaving you feeling smooth and rejuvenated. Additionally, allowing your skin to soak in the benefits of oat straw can relieve varicose veins as well as reducing dry, irritated skin.

Further, it is thought that you can use this cosmetic herb perfectly for dealing with dry, irritated, or damaged skin. Not only does this herb have anti-inflammatory properties, but the nutrient rich properties of the herb can be used to soothe the skin. So, this herb would be perfect for adding to bath and body recipes. Simply add this to in bath tea and soak to relieve dry, itchy skin. This can be especially useful for anyone dealing with sunburns, rashes, shingles, or mild eczema.

Also, adding this herb to your foot or hand creams can be beneficial to your nails. Since this herb contains silica, it is useful for strengthening your nails and can help to prevent them from splitting. Additionally, you can perfect incorporate this herb into hair care products. This herb has softening properties that will leave your hair feeling fantastic. Further, this cosmetic ingredient contains anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for remedying an itchy, dry scalp. So, this cosmetic herb can be useful for reducing dandruff.

What is Oat Straw?: Natures Garden RecipesWhat is Oat Straw?: Natures Garden Recipes

We used the Oat Straw Green Powder herb to create some fantastic bath and body recipes. First, we have the scrumptious Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe. This herb works perfectly with the oils and butters to create a recipe that is absolutely skin loving. Further, the light exfoliation of the brown sugar is perfect for helping to rejuvenate the skin. Additionally, we created the Burgundy Rose Bath Milk Soak Recipe with this lovely cosmetic herb.  The oat straw herb is perfect for blending with the other cosmetic herbs to create a relaxing bath tea that will nourish the skin.

What is Oat Straw?: Other UsesWhat is Oat Straw?: Other Uses

Some people will use oat straw to help out in the garden. You can use this straw as an inexpensive mulch that will help protect your plants. The straw will help retain moisture and prevent weeds from sprouting up. Although this isn’t the type of mulch that you would want to decorate your flower bed, it is perfect for a home garden to keep your plants safe. Using straw is especially useful for keeping blueberries moist as well as avoiding certain diseases in tomatoes, peppers, and squash. Additionally, a thick layer of straw can protect plants like watermelons or pumpkins to provide them with an area to grow unblemished. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of using this herb in the garden, then check out Straw Turns to Gold in the Farmers Almanac.

What is Oat Straw?: Ask Us Your QuestionsWhat is Oat Straw?: Ask Us Your Questions

We hope that you enjoyed learning a bit more about the oat straw herb. If you have any more questions about this cosmetic herb or any other Herbs and Spices, then you can feel free to reach out to ask us. We are available to answer your questions at the Natures Garden store, on the phone, and online. An easy way to contact us online is on one of our social media pages. We have a Facebook page that you can use to ask us questions or even share your wonderful bath and body creations. Also, you can use the @ngscents handle to reach out to us on Twitter and Instagram. Whether you want to use this platform to share your own herbal recipes with us or ask cosmetics questions, we can’t wait to hear from you!

What is Oat Straw?: A Note About Our Herbs

Note: Natures Garden sells our herbs, like the Oat Straw Green Powder and the Oat Straw Green Tops Cut and Sifted, for external use only. We do not sell these herbs as food items. The information we provide is for educational purposes only. It should not be used to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease with this information. Further, the Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the information that we provide. You should keep all herbs out of reach of both your children and pets. Also, pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care when handling our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs and all testing is the responsibility of the customer.