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Oats Avena sativa


Family: Gramineae

---Synonyms---Oats, wild oats

--Parts Used---Seeds and whole plant

Active Compounds:

Proteins; prolamines known as avenins

C-glycosyl flavones

Avenacosides, which are spirostanol glycosides

Fixed oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, starch.

--Medicinal Actions and Uses---

Nervine tonic, anti-depressant, nutritive, demulcent, vulnerary.

Useful for:

high cholesterol
high triglycerides
nicotine withdrawal

One of the best remedies for feeding the nervous system, especially when under stress. Oats is considered a specific in cases of nervous debility and exhaustion when associated with depression. May be used with most of the other nervines, both relaxant and stimulatory, to strengthen the whole of the nervous system. Also used in general debility. The high levels of silicic acid in the straw is taken advantage of in its use as a remedy for skin conditions, especially in external applications.