Weed Wanderings herbal eZine with Susun Weed

October 2003
Weed Wise Recipes...
Oatstraw (Avena Sativa)
by Susun S. Weed


excerpt from Healing Wise p 205

Oatstraw -- Avena Sativa -- Speaks!

Oats and Oatstraw are Good Friends in Hot Water
An evening in a hot tub with Avena is a delicious experience.

Relax in a full oatstraw bath to soothe pain from any internal distress including cystitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, rheumatism, lumbago, digestive kinks, sore kidneys, nervous debility, gout, urinary graves. kidney stones, neurashthenia, and neuralgias. Try repeated full oatstraw baths and your Wise Woman ways to heal those who are exhausted, paralyzed, and in emotional distress, or those dealing with liver ailments, scrofula, and bone diseases.

Use a sitz bath of oatstraw to ease bladder spasms and pain, uterine pain, and chronic intestinal distress.

Use an oatstraw footbath to soak away stink, sweat, cold, and pain from your tender tootsies.

Use oatstraw washes to nourish and heal those with skin diseases, flaky or dry skin, frostbite, chilblains, wounds and eye irritations.

For chronic conditions, take your oatstraw bath twice a week or more, and drink the infusion freely, for as many weeks as needed. In acute situations, use hot oatstraw baths and poultices frequently until pain subsides, then once or twice a day, as needed.

Oatstraw Baths
2 qts/liters oatstraw infusion
Add reheated, strained oatstraw infusion to a tub of hot water. Immerse self and soak away tensions.

2.2 pounds/1 kilo oatstraw
Boil water and pour over oatstraw in a 1 galon/4 liters water large tub. When cooled sufficiently, bathe. (Yes with the oats and all.)

excerpt from Healing Wise, p. 207
Oatstraw Pharmacy

Skin Soother
Tie a handful of oatmeal int a thin cloth and soak in warm water (in the tub with you is fine), squeezing now and then until the milky white oat cream appears. Use this, in a hot bath, as a cleansing rub, skin softener, complexion treatmen, and itch reliever. Rub in spirals on joints. Rub on face. leaves skin feeling marvelously nourished, cleansed, and softened.

Oatstraw Hair Rinse
Shampoo hair as usual, rinsing and applying crème rinse if wanted. Pour 1 cup/250ml strained oatstraw infusion over hair and massage in; don’t rinse out. Towel dry hair for best results.

Oat Tonic
Nourishes and rehydrates
A little something extra for sick young ones, nauseated moms, those recovering from any gastro-intestinal problems, including surgery, and those haling from acid poisoning.
1 cup/250ml oats
1 cup/250ml water
1 teaspoon/5ml lemon juice
1 teaspoon/5ml raw honey
1 teaspoon/5ml water
Pour boiling water over oats and let stand overnight. In the morning add remaining ingredients.
Mix well, then pour into cloth and wring juice out, saving it carefully. Take by the spoonful.

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