Ancient legend says that Gaia herself was weaned on the milk of this flowering plant. Sweet and warming, calming and restorative oats in the diet assure strong nerves, steady mind, good coordination and balance, excellent reproductive functioning, healthy sex drive, strong heart and circulatory system, strong bones, balanced hormones, low cholesterol and normal blood pressure. Oats are highly nourishing, revitalizing and rejuvenating.
Oat straw is used for making corn dollies that feature in harvest rituals. The modern practitioner can make use of its great for rejuvenating properties in the form of a ritual bath or as a ritual cup to invoke inner peace, enhance mental powers, concentration and endurance. For money magic and fertility rites the seeds are more useful than the straw.
Oat straw is highly nutritious for the nervous system and can be prepared as a tea for states of general debility and for nervous exhaustion. Oat straw is a good relaxing nervous system tonic and can be used for insomnia and anxiety when these are due to stress. It is diuretic and acts as a tonic for a weak bladder and for kidney problems. It also brings relief for liver and gallbladder problems. For external use, a decoction can be added to the bathwater to treat skin sores and eczema and that can reduce itchiness. An Oat straw bath also soothes rheumatic and gouty pains.