Arabic Name : Hartamaan, Qurtumaan, Shoofan
English Name : Oats, Oatmeal, Groats
French Name : Avoine
German Name : Hafer, Biwen
Hindi Name : Jai, Jayee, Gandal, Ganer
Latin name : Avena sativa Linn.
Marathi Name : Jai
Sanskrit Name : Atiyav, Mundyav, Yuvika
Description : The genus name, Avena, is Latin for “nourishing.” Oat has antidepressant, antispasmodic, demulcent, emollient, hypoglycemic, laxative, nervine, nutritive, prostatelium, soothing, stimulant, tonic, uterine tonic and vulnerary properties. It is a most nutritious cereal containing a fair proportion of all the food elements (protein, calcium, magnesium, silicon, potassium, iron and vitamins), and makes an excellent energy-giving food. The bodybuilding nutrients help make strong bones and teeth, and are vital for a healthy nervous system. Oats are one of the finest restorative naturals for the nervous system and can be helpful when withdrawing from tranquillisers and antidepressant drugs. In cases where the bodily vigour is low and the body is ill-nourished, Oatmeal is very valuable. Oat preparations are used for diseases and complaints of the gastrointestinal tract, gallbladder and kidneys, for cardiovascular disorders, constipation, diabetes, diarrhoea, physical fatigue, rheumatism and gout. Oats are one of the best source of inositol, which is important for maintaining optimum blood cholesterol levels.
In traditional medicine, oat straw (dried stem) is used to treat a number of ailments, including arthritis and rheumatism. Some sources also recommend oat straw for treating shingles, herpes infections, and addictions. In Europe today, herbalists and alternative health practitioners prescribe oat straw extracts as nerve tonics for weakened constitutions. Many regard it as an excellent tonic for the whole body, and valuable for bolstering physical and emotional fatigue, from mild insomnia to anxiety. Oat straw’s soundest reputation by far is as a topical remedy for irritated and inflamed dry skin.
Specifically, oat straw may help to soothe itchy skin. Oat straw has rich emollient qualities due to its high gluten and mucilage content. Promote nail health. As a concentrated source of silica, oat straw supplements and herbal tea (as well as oatmeal) may help to strengthen nails that are cracking or splitting. Silica is a key ingredient in nails. Help smokers quit. Several small studies in the 1970s suggested that oat straw liquid extract might help tobacco users kick the habit by easing withdrawal from nicotine.
Oats have been eaten since prehistoric times. The genus name, Avena, is derived from Latin and means “nourishing”. Sativa means “cultivated”. Highly nutritive and supportive of the nervous system, Oat Straw helps build healthy bones, skin, hair and nails. Oat Straw is not a bona fide aphrodisiac, but it does nourish the nerves, making tactile sensations more pleasurable. Oat Straw is one of the best naturals for “feeding” the central nervous system, especially when under stress. It is considered a specific in cases of nervous debility & exhaustion, especially when associated with depression. Oat Straw may be used with most of the other herbal nervines, both relaxant and stimulatory, to strengthen the nervous system. It is also used in general debility. The high levels of silicic acid in the straw explains its use as a remedy for skin conditions, especially for external applications. Oat Straw is often used as a bath herb to soften skin and help with eczema and neuralgia. The husks have been used historically to stuff pillows and bedding, which is said to have a sedative effect and help for those with rheumatism. Oats has also been used extensively for culinary purposes. The Oat grain from the ripened seed is high in protein and helps to increase stamina. Oat bran (fiber) has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. The primary chemical constituents of Oat Straw includes saponins, flavonoids, starch, alkaloids (trigonelline, avenine), steroids, calcium, iron, B vitamins, lysine, and methionine.
Oat straw contains phytoestrogen which promotes breast tissue growth by mimicking the action of estrogen upon the mammary glands.
Some believe the idiom “sowing your wild oats” is based on the observation that stallions given wild oat experienced greater sex drives. The herb is a strength enhancer for both and women. Clinical studies at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality have shown that it helps improve libido dramatically. They have shown that it exerts its action by freeing up testosterone. Free testosterone increases stamina and promotes muscle and penile growth. The study also showed that both males and females have reported positive results including better stamina and an overall feeling of well being.
Recommended Dosage : 5 g powder.
Contraindication : Those with gluten allergies should use this herb with caution.