Oat Seeds | Avena sativa
For medicinal use of oats, the immature grass seed (that would someday become a rolled oat for our breakfast cereal if left to mature) is instead harvested in its young “milky” stage.
This is a very safe nervous system nourishing plant that is calming without being sedative, and has shown to help both the physical (nerve damage) and psychological (nervous stress) nervous system.
Approximately 100 seeds, harvested for 2023
Grown using only compost, water, & organic fertilizer, our plants are never treated or sprayed with anything at all.
Lifecycle: Annual or overwintering annual, hardy to zones 7-11
Region: Native to Eurasia & Africa
Actions: Nervine tonic, nutritive, antidepressant
Parts used: Immature seed in the “milky” stage & dried stems aka oat straw
Indications: Burnout, exhaustion, sciatica, neuropathy, addiction, ADHD
Planting: Sow by scattering seeds on the ground in fall or spring. Lightly rake over to barely cover seeds and prevent wildlife from eating them.
Location: Prefers moist garden soil in full sun. Can grow on sandy loam to heavy clay soils as long as they have good drainage.
Germination: 1-3 weeks
The majority of our seeds offered are saved from our small medicinal plant farm right here in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Our plants are grown only with water, compost, & organic fertilizer. NEVER sprayed with herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or anything else.
There are some seeds that we have not been able to harvest in abundance ourselves yet, so these are provided by a farm here in Oregon that is certified organic by the USDA and Oregon Tilth.
Always check with local authorities (such as your county extension) to see if non-native plants are invasive or noxious in your region.
Noxious plants are illegal to grow and cannot be shipped across state borders. Invasive species should never be intentionally planted, but should be harvested from the wild instead. They may hold medicinal value but they can destroy native ecosystems and habitats.
There are likely less destructive alternatives with similar medicinal value that you can plant.