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I love porridge and have it daily all year round for breakfast. I have been known to take it

on holiday with me and to have it for lunch if I missed out at breakfast time. I love the

flavour, texture, price and it only takes minutes to cook about the same time as two pieces

of vogel’s bread to toast

The oats in grain are energizing while the straw is sedating. Native to Northern Europe

Oats has been cultivated since classical times as early as 2000 B.C.  This ancient cereal

grass was a staple food for northern Europeans and the Scots. It is also an important food

for livestock. Oats are grown commercially, from seed, in cooler areas of Australia and

New Zealand. They are high in fibre and protein including amino acids and low in

calories and fat. Vitamins: A, C and B complex, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin,

folic acid, B6, E and K. Minerals: Silicon, calcium, iron, potassium and phosphorus.

Oats are widely used in human foods, animal feeds and livestock forages around the

world. Tinctures and extracts of oat straw are readily available in Europe as a nervous

system restorative, to assist convalescence and to strengthen a weakened constitution.

Oat straw is also used in Europe to treat shingles, herpes zoster, herpes simplex and


Green oat grass (the grass before it matures into oat straw), like other grasses, is rich in

vitamins including A, B, C, E, K and pantothenic acid and minerals, including iron

(39mg/Kg dry weight), manganese (8.5mg) and zinc (19.2mg), silicon dioxide (2%),

calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. As such, green oat grass juice can be

used to treat debility.

Studies have been conducted on oat grass extract researchers discovered an influence of

the herb on reproductive hormones, including luteinizing hormone. Perhaps that explains

the old saying “to sew your wild oats” oat grass is also rich in protein, approximately

30%, and contains all the essential amino acids along with chlorophyll, flavonoids,

lecithin and enzymes. This abundance of nutrients has made oat grass a popular tonic for

treating debility and convalescence when taken as a juice. Oat grass is also extremely rich

in antioxidants, including polyphenols and one powerful antioxidant called tricin.

Current research on oats focuses on the compound, beta-glucan, that has been shown to

stimulate the immune system.
To summarize, green oat grass is rich in protein, approximately 30%, and contains all the

essential amino acids along with chlorophyll, flavonoids, lecithin and enzymes.

Oat-straw is a cardio-tonic for good heart function an anti-depressant that restores the

nervous system, cleansing and detoxifying useful for its anti-aging, antioxidant effects

and cellular regeneration.

Externally where there is dry skin, burns, itching, hives, eczema and wounds. High in

silica oats is an aid to skin, hair, connective tissue, muscle tone and function and local

tissue healing.

How to extract the silica from Oatstraw:

To make a decoction take one handful of oatstraw place in a pot with 1 litre of water and

bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes to obtain the silica content from

oatstraw it is necessary to do a decoction in this manner. For a good winter drink try

oatstraw decoction fresh ginger root, lemon juice and honey to taste.

Consider a combination of oats and oatstraw in your body creams a decoction blended in

with one or two drops of your favourite essential oil or other favourite herbs chamomile,

mint, pineapple sage, thyme, lavender and dried orange peel, lemon peel, cloves, star

anise and aqueous cream. Mix and match to make an aromatic bath bag and bathe in the

beneficial mix.

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