According to the herbalist and teacher 7Song the remedy is suited to those who are, " pushed and pushed and now feels tired, out-of-sorts, or just plain disconnected much of the time no matter how much they rest or sleep."
Now with new blends for extra benefits.
As I am preparing one of my favourite herbal tea formulas I ponder the many benefits offered by one particular herb that often goes unappreciated, Oatstraw. This mild tasting herbal wonder is reported to be beneficial in all of the listings below. So if your nerves are frazzled and your emotions are worn try my Anti-Tension Oatstraw Tea. Tea & Peace to All!
Exactly how Oatstraw works is a mystery of nature. It seems to provide deep nourishment in a way our bodies can easily assimilate and use.
However we do know oats are a source of many nutrients including: proteins, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin A, silica, phosphorous and iron.
calms and strengthens the nervous system,
helps to nourish and rejuvenate
relieves strain, stress and overwork
helps us connect more comfortably with ourselves and others
enhances clear thinking and improves attention span,
helps stabilize blood sugar,
relaxes leg cramps
encourages deep restful sleep
nourishes the heart and circulatory system,
nourishes the endocrine system
nourishes the skin and hair.
Oat tea has been used traditionally as a sedative and found especially useful in cases of insomnia and nervous disorders.
Oatstraw is a highly beneficial nervine, nutritive, and sedative. It is prized amongst herbalists for its gentle and supportive nature. The milky oats are generally believed to work quicker in an acute situation whereas the oatstraw supports the nervous system over time.Hence the tea of the oastraw is a better building tonic than the tincture. Either of these preparations are good for the type of person that has, according to the herbalist and teacher 7Song, " pushed and pushed and now feels tired, out-of-sorts, or just plain disconnected much of the time no matter how much they rest or sleep." The milky oats have been used in withdrawal from nicotine (and a variety of other substances) as they seem to have a more psychoactive effect which enhances mood. Oatstraw is highly nutritive, containing minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins, and a variety of other constituents which deeply nourish the entire body and are especially soothing to the nervous system. This gentle restorative herb is for those that are cold, depleted, tired, and have "frayed nerves" or for the type of person who drinks too much coffee and is chronically burnt out. It is also helpful for soothing and nourishing inflammatory skin conditions, building up strength in degenerative wasting conditions, and for enhancing the mood. Oat grain is a vulnerary (promotes wound healing) and thus very popular in commercial cosmetic preparations such as exfoliating body washes or soothing bath gels. According to naturopath John Lust (the nephew of naturopathic pioneer Benedict Lust), various types of baths of the oatstraw herb could be used to address specific ailments. For example, fully submerging the whole body in a tub infused with oatstaw assuages liver and kidney problems and occasional joint pain, whereas a sitz bath can alleviate urinary and digestive concerns. Additionally, he suggests a foot bath in oatstraw for tired feet. He mentions its use in supporting the female reproductive system and suggests its use as a uterine tonic as well. Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar highly recommends oatstraw in pregnancy, especially when the woman experiences nervous exhaustion. Further, a tea of oastraw is also helpful in easing menopausal symptoms.
How to Make Oatstraw Tea
To make a simple tea-
Add 1-3 teaspoons of dried herb to one cup of boiling water.
Cover the cup and allow it to steep for 15 minutes.
Drink 3 times a day.
The bountiful benefits of the beautiful Lemon Balm.
1. If you have insomnia, you will find that lemon balm tea has a calming effect on the system. It can help you in getting a better night’s sleep. The herb, Valerian ( but can be a little aroma offensive to many) can also be added to Lemon Balm Tea to help even further in creating a calming environment.
2. Lemon Balm Tea is useful for when you have a fever due to colds or the flu. It helps to bring on perspiration, which, in turn, will help your fever.
3. If you are feeling depressed, a cup of Lemon Balm Tea may be of help. It has been known to lighten the mood and help with alleviating sadness. Lemon Balm Tea is also beneficial for helping to relieve tension and stress, and in today’s hectic times, who couldn’t benefit from that.
4. You can also use Lemon Balm Tea if you have nerve pain.
5. Lemon Balm Tea can also be soothing to an upset or nervous stomach. It can be taken occasionally throughout the day for maximum benefits.
6. Lemon Balm Tea can be beneficial in improving memory and other functions of the brain.
7. Lemon Balm has also been used to treat other ailments, such as flatulence, asthma, headaches and toothaches.
You may want to use a little bit of honey as a sweetener in your tea. Lemon Balm is also available in other forms, such as capsules, extracts, tinctures and oils. But the tea is the easiest and best way to experience Lemon Balm.
If you are taking medication for hyperthyroidism, you should check with your doctor before taking Lemon Balm Tea, as it can interact with medication for that condition. You should also check with your doctor if you are taking sedatives, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Ingredients Organic Oatstraw. With or without lemon balm leaf.