Oats (Avena sativa)
Whether you are used to calling them oats or groats, there is no dispute on how versatile these little grains are. Both the flowering plant and seeds of oats are used both in food and clinically by herbalists and naturopaths around the world. Oats are very nutritious and are high in calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus and zinc (1). They also have an impressive fatty oil composition including oleic (omega 9) and linoleic (omega 6) acids, and vitamin E (2)
The most common therapeutic uses of oats are to reduce inflammation and soothe. This is predominantly featured in skin and blood lipid disorders
Externally re used as an emollient and can be used in bath preparations for eczema, dry and itchy skin. For a demonstration on how to prepare an oat bath check out the video on how to back your own oat bath bombs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVVn_BBjoLc
Oats are used greatly in cardiovascular disease to reduce high levels of blood lipids, in particular cholesterol. A high intake of oats in the diet reduces circulating levels of cholesterol in the blood (2). It does this through two mechanisms – by increasing the synthesis of bile acid and by promoting the excretion of cholesterol through the faeces (1)
(1) Braun, L. & Cohen, M. (2010) Herbs & Natural Supplements – An evidence-based guide (3rd ed.) Elsevier: Australia
(2) Heinrichb, M., Barnes, J., Gibbons, S. & Williamson, E. M. (2012). Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy. Elsevier: UK
(3) Wahlqvist, M, (2011) Food and Nutrition. (3rd ed) Allen and Unwin: NSW
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