Elemental.

westernherbalism:

Wild Oats, Milky Oats
Avena saliva

taste: sweet

temperature: neutral

actions: nourishing, supplementing energy, supplementing tissues and fluids, tonifying the nervous and endocrine system

organ affinities: heart, kidneys, nerves and brain

contraindications: should not be used by those with gluten or oat allergies
 

Introduction
Wild oats are commonly used in Western herbalism in their dried form (oat straw) as a mineral rich infusion or as a heart-nourishing food (oatmeal). But the energetics and medicinal actions I’m describing here are specific to the milky stage. During a one to two week window in their maturation, oat seeds exude a milky liquid when pinched. When harvested at this time and tinctured fresh, they are an amazing tonic herb that helps rebuild exhausted nerves and adrenals. Dried oats are not the same as oats harvested in this milky stage.

Milky oats replenish the body’s reserves (especially the nervous system) on a very deep level. In our fast-paced, stress-filled, stimulant-addicted society, more and more of us are experiencing health symptoms directing linked to exhausted kidneys with burnt-out adrenals as well as nervous systems that are stuck in sympathetic fight-or-flight responses. When this happens on a chronic basis, the body has trouble calming down and switching over to parasympathetic nervous system responses. Such things as digestion, deep relaxation, sleep, and rebuilding tissues and blood all fall under the parasympathetic nervous system. We must spend adequate time in a calm, restful state for our bodies to heal and function in a healthy manner. Milky oats help our bodies to do this.

Taking milky oats alone while still burning the candle on both ends will have benefits, but they will be limited by the fact that any reserves will continue to be burned up. To really rebuild on a deep level we must also include other more balanced life approaches such as limiting caffeine and sugar, setting aside time to relax and enjoy life, taking time to exercise and breathe deeply (preferably outdoors), and eating a nutrient dense diet.

Milky Oats for Insomnia and Endocrine Exhaustion
Milky oats exhibit a marked calming effect in the body, allowing people who are frazzled, run-down, and suffering from insomnia to fall asleep sooner and sleep deeper. I often think of them when presented with a mother who is absolutely worn down from child birth, breastfeeding, and the demands of child rearing in our modern life. Often such women also suffer from intense PMS irritability or anxiety. Milky oats combined with other hormonal adaptogens such as ashwaghanda and licorice can help their bodies calm down and rebuild reserves. Milky oats are particularly effective when these symptoms are also accompanied by dryness and yin deficiency: a dry, red tongue with no coat; dry skin; frequent thirst, especially at night; and trouble staying asleep. Milky oats are very moistening and they’re excellent for replenishing fluids and building tissues in the body, thereby helping alleviate these symptoms.

Milky Oats an an Energy and Sexual Tonic
While they work to calm and nourish the body, milky oats also build energy levels when used as a tonic for an extended period of time. By helping the body to rest and regenerate, milky oats act to revitalize energy levels and give people a new zest for life. Oats have a long tradition of being considered a sexual tonic. “Sewing your wild oats” and “feeling your oats” are both sayings that harken back to this traditional view. When we consider how effective they are in helping the body to restore adrenal function and reestablish healthy nervous system functioning, it’s no wonder they have this reputation.

Milky Oats for Treatment of Addiction
People trying to quit smoking, drinking or other addictions can also benefit from milky oats. A double-blind study showed that smokers given milky oats were able to drop their cigarette consumption from an average of 19.5  to 5.7 cigarettes while the placebo group actually increased their cigarette consumption slightly (3). Many herbalists and an increasing number of acupuncturists use milky oats in their practice when treating smoking addictions and alcoholism. While I’ve not personally used milky oats for cigarette or alcohol addictions, I have used them for people who are attempting to reduce or eliminate sugar intake. It’s incredibly helpful for this. Oats are commonly combined with skullcap for drug addictions. I combine them with holy basil and licorice for sugar addictions.

Milky Oats as a Sustainable, Local Herb
Wild oats, especially in their milky stage, are incredibly beautiful, nourishing plants. They’re also widespread and abundant. Unlike many other adaptogens which are imported or must be cultivated and then purchased, oats are a common, naturalized weed in many, many areas and easily identified. Their action is safe, gentle, and dependable, provided you are not allergic to them. I encourage you to seek out and harvest your own milky oats. They are a wonderful herb to have on hand.

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By Amber Nelsen

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starseedmind:

Finally got myself a salt lamp!
Salt lamps are great for: ✧reducing electromagnetic pollution created by all electric equipment ✧improve concentration  ✧keep air clean, ironized naturally, and beautiful  ✧having a few salt lamps placed strategically in a room will enhance chi ✧known to enhance your meditative experience ✧creates a lovely calming environment

starseedmind:

Finally got myself a salt lamp!

Salt lamps are great for:
✧reducing electromagnetic pollution created by all electric equipment
✧improve concentration
✧keep air clean, ironized naturally, and beautiful
✧having a few salt lamps placed strategically in a room will enhance chi
✧known to enhance your meditative experience
✧creates a lovely calming environment

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A Cloak of Psychic Protection

thedruidsteaparty:

This is a simple yet effect form of psychic protection that can be done anywhere. It was taught to me by my mum when I was little, & I still use it to this day, being an Empath & doing alot of psychic work, protection is imperative.

This exercise is to create your cloak ,…

newmoongoddess:

One of my personal favourite high energy stones. Fire agate is rare and protective, sending any bad energy attack on you, back to sender… Nice eh?! Everyone needs ones of these bad boys in their pocket! Find them here—> The love tree.

newmoongoddess:

One of my personal favourite high energy stones. Fire agate is rare and protective, sending any bad energy attack on you, back to sender… Nice eh?! Everyone needs ones of these bad boys in their pocket! Find them here—> The love tree.

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sylvanheart:

foodffs:

Oregano Honey Cake

Really nice recipes. Every hour.




Oregano is a good herb for bringing peace. I associate honey with happiness and easing depression. Like sugar, I feel it can be used to bring in a bit of “sweetness” to a situation and can elevate a negative mood. I think this recipe would make an excellent happiness or depression relief spell!

sylvanheart:

foodffs:

Oregano Honey Cake

Really nice recipes. Every hour.

Oregano is a good herb for bringing peace. I associate honey with happiness and easing depression. Like sugar, I feel it can be used to bring in a bit of “sweetness” to a situation and can elevate a negative mood. I think this recipe would make an excellent happiness or depression relief spell!

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