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Milky Oats (Avena sativa)

Milky oats (Avena sativa) tincture is often used as a natural remedy for stress relief. It contains compounds that may have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. This makes it a popular choice for individuals experiencing chronic stress or those seeking support during periods of high stress. This tincture is a nervine tonic, which means that is should be taken regularly over an extended period of time to get the maximum benefit toward the nervous system.

Milky oats tincture is also known for its potential to aid in improving sleep quality. By soothing the nervous system, it may help to quiet a busy mind and promote a sense of calm conducive to better sleep. It doesn't work by making you sleepy or drowsy, it works by promoting a general state of calm which in turn can help you wind down at night.

Milky oats tincture is believed to have mood-balancing properties and may be used to support mental health. It is sometimes recommended for individuals experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or nervous exhaustion. However, it is important to note that while milky oats tincture may provide some relief, it should not replace professional mental health care when needed.

The calming and nourishing properties of milky oats tincture may support individuals going through drug withdrawal. It is often used to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, particularly those associated with substances like nicotine or caffeine. However, it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional for proper guidance and support during the withdrawal process. Milky oats may be tinctured in vinegar or glycerine for those who may have addiction issues relating to alcohol.

Milky oats are rich in essential nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and B vitamins. These nutrients are beneficial for overall health and well-being. Taking milky oats as a nutritive tonic can help supplement these nutrients in the diet, especially for individuals with nutrient deficiencies or increased nutritional needs. Alcohol doesn't extract minerals, so milky oats can be dried and enjoyed in tea blends for nutritional benefits. After the tops are harvested, the oat straw can be cut and dried for tea blends for a nutritional boost as well.

Oat tops have soothing and moisturizing properties also, potentially helping with dry, irritated, or inflamed skin conditions.

Milky oats must be harvested and processed fresh when the oat tops exude milky latex at a certain point of development. The oat tops are usually at this point when the tops just start to yellow. Just pick one off and give it a little squeeze, and if it oozes out the white, gluey substance, it's ready to harvest. You can dry the oat tops if you'd like to use some in tea blends, but they won't be as medicinally potent as tinctured oat tops. Oats are very easy to grow, so this is something that you can easily make at home if you have the space and energy for it. If not, you'll most likely need to buy the finished tincture, as the tops will need processed shortly after picking.

To make milky oats tincture:

Harvest your milky oat tops and weigh them out. You'll want to tincture them at a 1:2, 80% ratio. If you're in Ohio, you'll most likely only have access to 75.5% alcohol (151 proof). This is fine to use.

If you have 3 ounces of oats, you'll want to use 6 ounces of alcohol. The amount of alcohol for this tincture is just double the weight of the oats.

Combine the two and zip in a blender for a few seconds to chop the oats up.

Place in your jar (choose a jar that isn't leaving a ton of space at the top), lid, and label with the name of the tincture, the ratio, and the date.

Shake every few days until 6 weeks has passed. Once that time has passed, strain your tincture through cheesecloth and press out every drop of tincture from the spent oats. Compost your oats and bottle your completed tincture. Don't forget to label that bottle in the same way that you labeled your tincture jar! Even seasoned herbalists forget what's inside some of the jars if they don't get labeled.

Take 1 tsp daily. Happy healing! 💚

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