Oat straw is the aerial part of Oat grass, which also supplies us with one of the most nutritious and popular breakfast cereals. Oat straw used to be used for stuffing mattresses, which was of particular benefit to people who suffered from rheumatism. Oat straw is often fed to horses, which is said to make them energetic and spunky. Some say that when fed to men it will do the same thing.
Oat straw is highly nutritious for the nervous system and can be prepared as a tea for states of general debility and for nervous exhaustion. Oat straw is a good relaxing nervous system tonic and can be used for insomnia and anxiety when these are due to stress. It is diuretic and acts as a tonic for a weak bladder and for kidney problems. It also brings relief for liver and gallbladder problems. For external use, a decoction can be added to the bathwater to treat skin sores and eczema and that can reduce itchiness. An Oat straw bath also soothes rheumatic and gouty pains.
Oat straw is used for making corn dollies that feature in harvest rituals. The modern practitioner can make use of its great for rejuvenating properties in the form of a ritual bath or as a ritual cup to invoke inner peace, enhance mental powers, concentration and endurance. For money magic and fertility rites the seeds are more useful than the straw.
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