A good friend of mine, recently gave me a the best gift. A 10 pound bag of Oatstraw. I love oatstraw. I need oatstraw. We all need oatstraw.
Oatstraw is considered an herbal tonic, for it helps bring the nervous system to balance. Especially after adrenal fatigue. Oatstraw helps ease anxiety as well as depression. It is known to help lower cholesterol, and help with skin conditions. Oatstraw contains B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, iron and more. Oatstraw is also a mild aphrodisiac, so have fun.
So, what’s a girl to do with 10 pounds of oatstraw???? Plenty! Rolling in the green!
I have been making oatstraw tea, infusions, and tinctures.
Making tea, is pretty basic. Add a few teaspoons of loose tea, steep for ten minutes and enjoy. Ahhh. Lovely. Relaxing. Healing.
An herbal infusion, is different from tea, because you use a much larger quantity of the herb, and you allow the herb to steep for 4 to 8 hours. Overnight is an easy way to do it too. An infusion is super potent. I recommend about an ounce of the dried herb, a good-sized jar (with a lid), add boiling water, cover. Wait. Drink. Restore. Major healing. Ahhh.
You will notice that tea and infusions, taste and feel quite different.
Over the weekend, I made a very large amount of oatstraw tincture. Tinctures require alcohol, glycerin, or vinegar, to extract the healing properties of the herb. Alcohol is the most potent, and lasts the longest. So, I used a large amount of grain alcohol. And in about 6 weeks, I will have plenty of oatstraw tincture to share. Talk about concentrated medicine, for that is exactly what a tincture is.
If you are new to herbal medicine, I suggest doing a little bit of research, and start taking a ‘herbal tonic’ that suits your specific needs. Like oatstraw or nettles (there are many herbs to choose from). Start with tea. Move to infusions. When you are ready to try tinctures (they don’t taste delicious), I recommend first buying a few. Experiment. Nearly every health food store sells tinctures. Give yourself at least a month, and I am sure you will feel healthier, stronger, balanced.
Cheers! To the Kitchen Witch in all of us!
Some girls love diamonds…. some girls love oatstraw. Ha!
Have a great day! ~T