I was all of 19 when I first came upon a book called Herbs The Magic Healers by Paul Twitchel. It was my first introduction to the botanical kingdom. To me, it was another expression of love from God for the health of mankind. Clearly it was for the commoner, of which I was one. Anyone could grow these wonderful allies right in the own back yard!
Over all of these years I have used herbs for their various properties with my children and myself. I have read many books regarding the use of herbs and have taken an extensive course offered by Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain. I have never tired of learning about the many gifts bestowed upon mankind that grow all around us. I am a botanist at heart.
*Recommended reading New Menopausal Years by Susan Weed
Oat Straw Tea
Oat straw tea is made from the grasses that produce the oatmeal you eat for breakfast. It is a wonderful ally for women for it strengthens bones, soothes the nervous system, stabilizes blood sugar, relieves depression by nourishing your pancreas, liver and adrenals and keeps your teeth strong. This herb is rich in calcium, and the synergistic minerals and vitamins needed for the best use of calcium. It is also rich in the B’s just like the oats themselves. The list goes on with cholesterol lowering and improving circulation by making your blood vessels more elastic.
The way to get the most nourishment from the oat straw is to make an infusion. In the case of oat straw, you would use a large amount of dried herb brewed for a long time. Infusions extract more of the medicinal properties and nutrients than a tea. Infusions should be used within 2-3 days, and can be taken hot or cold, sweetened or not.
Use 1 oz of the dried herb to a quart of boiling water (tight lid on a glass jar). Let sit for a minimum of four hours, strain and drink 1-2 cups a day.