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Oats – Nourishment for Body & Mind

Oct 11, 2021 | Holistic Nutrition - Food is Medicine

Oats are true remedy for our modern lifestyle, addressing stress, dietary strain, and sleep deficiencies in our culture. In herbal medicine, particularly milky oats, they are valued for their specific role in increasing the body’s resilience to stress amid our busy daily lives.

Milky Oats seedThe milky oats remedy comes from the same plant as your breakfast cereal oats but is harvested during specific growth stages. The seeds are collected before full ripeness, during a short period when they release a milky latex compound, giving them their name. The straw, with its silvery green color, is harvested for its richness in minerals.

Milky oats are the green, immature plant tops collected when they start releasing a milky liquid about one week after the oat plant begins flowering, before the seeds mature and harden. I prefer to grow one bed for seeds and another for straw, harvesting the straw just before seed formation when the energy is at its peak. Some herbalists, however, choose to harvest the straw after the seeds turn yellow and dry.

History and lore:

Illustration of oat plantsThe value of whole-grain oats has been recognized for thousands of years, both nutritionally and medicinally, dating back to the Early Bronze period around 2000 B.C.E. Early herbalists like Hippocrates, Dieusches, Dioscorides, and Galen documented medicinal uses of oats. Dioscorides, in his De Materia Medica, noted oats used as a skin poultice, intestinal binder, cough reliever, and as a food source for horses during food scarcity. Pliny the Elder considered oats a pest in depleted wheat and barley fields, mentioning their consumption by humans and use as animal feed by German tribes during famines in ‘The Natural History’ (Bostock et.al 1999).

Psychological Profile:

Milky oats are for people facing burnout—those with mental fatigue and a wandering mind. If you struggle to focus, deal with a scattered mind, or feel overwhelmed with stress and negative thoughts, milky oats can help. This remedy is ideal for those with ungrounded minds and a disconnected heart, particularly for overworked individuals pushing themselves too hard, often burning the candle at both ends.

Herbalist Jim Mcdonald describes the “Milky Oats person.” “The mental state associated with a need for Milky Oats is one of anxiety and exhaustion. Though there is a lingering feeling of things that must get done, there seems to be no energy with which to do it; linear thinking is hard, focusing on one thing is hard. Simple tasks seem overwhelming. Men may find that their sex drive has dried up; women may find that this same feeling is compounded by difficult menses. Sleep is usually troubled… maybe, for example, the person stays up late because they don’t feel like they’ve accomplished enough, even if they don’t know what else it is they want to accomplish before going to bed. Often, all this has been precipitated by a period of (or predisposition to) intense overwork, without adequate time given to rest and recuperation. People requiring Oats are often “driven” people; perfectionists who always get things done, usually at their own expense. As mentioned above, it could also be that one has spent too much time stoned, and leans heavily on addictions to keep them going. This does not only mean overuse of marijuana, but stimulants, Coffee, Opiates, Tobacco… anything that either keeps the motor going or simulates real rest by forcing the body to shut down. In a nutshell, if you feel like you’ve “bottomed out”, are unable to put things together to achieve your goals, dreams or aspirations, or feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying to break out of habits and/or addictive behaviors, Milky Oats are a must for a long term herbal regimen.” (Mcdonald n.d)

The eclectics, Ellingwood (1919) and Felter (1898), recommended milky oats for nervous debility due to stress or diseases like diphtheria or typhoid. It helps those depleted after a prolonged illness or facing sleep deprivation due to factors like long-term mental strain (common in students), overwork, or jetlag. While not eliminating stress, milky oats strengthens the nervous system, builds resilience, and fosters a calmer disposition. It serves as an effective herbal supplement alongside therapy or life coaching.

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Oats – Nourishment for Body & Mind

Oct 11, 2021 | Holistic Nutrition - Food is Medicine

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