Avena sativa


Avena sativa


Oats (Avena sativa) are a classic restorative tonic that bridges the gap between herbs and food. Oats (sometimes called Wild Oats or Oats milky seed) are of the natural order Graminacea or grass family. Eclectic and physiomedical practitioners used the extract of the green oat seed “in the milk” supporting healthy sleep patterns, promoting healthy heart function and maintaining healthy nerves.* It was also used to support sexual function.*

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Traditional Health Benefits of Oats

Brain & Cognitive Support, Stress Support, Sleep Support, Women, Men

What is Oats Used for?

The seed is rich in protein and minerals, especially potassium and magnesium. These minerals are more predominant when the seed is in the milky stage. Oats milky seed also contains B-complex vitamins. Most of the published research on Oats has been conducted on the rolled or prepared oats, beta-glucans and fiber contained in the oat. The relaxing properties of minerals on tissues is well-noted and may in part contribute to Oats milky seed's support for the nervous system.*

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Active Constituents of Oats

Avenanthramides, polysaccharides.

Parts Used

Green oat seed in milky stage

Additional Resources

1.) Tilgner, Sharol. Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth. 2nd Edition. P. 128. Wise Acres LLC: 2009.

Important Precautions

Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.


This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

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