Oatstraw Herb


Also known as

Avena sativa, Oats, Common Oats, and sometimes referred to as "avena."


Oat straw is, as its name suggests, the above-ground parts of the oat plant left after harvesting the grain. Oats are one of the plants that humans have eaten since prehistoric times The German E Commission states that oats, both straw and tops, are said to be good for chronic anxiety and stress. In Europe, oatstraw is a long-trusted additive to soaps and skin conditioners. Oats are a staple of breakfast cereals, as well as being known to help the body in the management of healthy skin, hair, and nails. Recently, there has been some articles written claiming oatstraw may help with erectile dysfunction, and as such is a popular ingredient in alternatives to Viagra.


Carbohydrates, silicic acid.

Parts Used

The threshed and dried stem and leaf, and the dried or fresh milky tops. 

Typical Preparations

Baths, tinctures, teas, and skin care products. 


Modern European herbal medicine, paid for by insurance, uses oat straw as a nervous system restorative and to strengthen a weakened constitution, as well as to treat genital herpes and shingles. There is no doubt that the silicic acid in the herb is soothing on skin. What about the use of oat straw as a sexual stimulant? A single scientific study a number of years ago found that oat straw stimulates the release of luteinizing hormone (a precursor of testosterone production), however there is no scientific evidence that oat straw has an effect on the human body's use of testosterone. On the other hand, there is no conclusive scientific evidence that it doesn't ("sewing wild oats??"). 


None, unless you are allergic to oats. Gluten sensitivity will not be activated by use of oat straw on the skin.


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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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