Hulled oats have been grown for centuries by farmers who
enjoy the advantages of an oat variety that can be easily
used as porridge or other food for humans.
nutrition profile of hulled oats is quite impressive, with
contributions rich in minerals and vitamins and a fat content
rivaling the corn itself, along with high-quality protein
similar to that found in soya.
AMERICA TO CHINA
Although it is unclear when hulled oats were first introduced
to Europe, colonists arriving to the New World brought seed
stock with them from home that included several varieties
no longer commonly grown here. John Josselyn, a chronicler
of early life in the colonies, wrote in 1671 about silpee
cultivated in New England (also called pilcorn or peelcorn),
which was Avena nuda. Wheat did not thrive in the early
years, and some settlers thought corn more suitable for
cattle, so their reliance on hulled oats was considerable.
Josselyn described a dish much favored by the settlers made
from oatmeal, sugar, spices and "a pottle of milk"
(a pottle was two quarts).
oats were cultivated as a staple cereal by the Chinese up
until three decades ago, although recent introduction of
hulled varieties of oats from western countries has resulted
in an equal proportion of hulled oats production in the
last ten years, with predictions that hulled varieties will
soon outstrip the hulless.
Making hulled oats for medicinal purposes is an option :
Oats and oatstraw cut when seeds have formed but several
weeks before they mature and then carefully dried are a
long-revered source of minerals and other nutrients and
alkaloids that restore nervous system health in all forms
of nervous exhaustion and stress. Prepared as an infusion,
oatstraw is a mild tasting restorative that can be used
long term to calm nerves, tone the circulatory system and
soothe digestion, along with many other benefits.
oatmeal has been used for centuries as a soothing agent
to relieve itch and irritation associated with various xerotic
dermatoses. In 1945, a ready to use colloidal oatmeal, produced
by finely grinding the oat and boiling it to extract the
colloidal material, became available. Today, colloidal oatmeal
is available in various dosage forms from powders for the
bath to shampoos, shaving gels, and moisturizing creams.
The cleansing activity of oat is mostly due to saponins.
Its many functional properties make colloidal oatmeal a
cleanser, moisturizer, buffer, as well as a soothing and
protective anti-inflammatory agent.
could have a much better chance of keeping their blood sugar
levels under control most of the day if they begin their
day with oats.
This can be especially true if the rest of the day they
also include other whole foods rich in fiber
many clinical properties of colloidal oatmeal derive from
its chemical polymorphism. The high concentration in starches
and beta-glucan is responsible for the protective and water-holding
functions of oat. The presence of different types of phenols
confers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Some
of the oat phenols are also strong ultraviolet absorbers.
Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Gale Group, 2001 tells
us that "Oatstraw can be used to ease emotional anxieties
and to treat skin conditions such as rashes, psoriasis,
burns, eczema, warts, and insect bites".
oatmeal pack may be used to treat skin conditions. The oatmeal
facial is a popular treatment for promoting smoother skin
because the textured oat sloughs off dead skin when used
as a mask or scrub. An oatstraw bath can provide more relief
for skin conditions and neuralgia.
oat is also believed to help with nicotine withdrawal, a
remedy recommended by German doctors. The wild oat extract
is said to be effective, and oat cereal is also said to
oat is available in various forms and is used in various
alternative medicine traditions such as homeopathy. Commercial
preparations include oatstraw tea, tincture, and the wild
oat Bach flower remedy (a liquid concentrate called a stock).
The packaged oatmeal sold in the grocery store can also
be used for treatments.
oat tea, which is also known as an infusion, is made by
pouring 1 c (240 ml) of boiling water over 1-3 tsp (1.5-3
g) of the dried straw. The mixture is steeped for 10-15
minutes and then strained. Wild oat tea should be drunk
three times a day.
wild oat tincture is used, the dosage is 1 oz (1 ml) taken
three times a day.
oat can be combined with skullcap and mugwort to provide
relief from depression and to improve sleep.
remedies are liquid concentrates made by soaking flowers
in spring water. Also known as flower essences, 38 remedies
were developed by homeopathic physician Edward Bach during
the 1930s. Bach's wild oat remedy is taken to resolve conditions
such as career anxiety and uneasiness about a lack of direction
daily dosage of the Bach wild oat flower remedy is 2-4 drops
(1/8-1/4 ml) taken four times each day. The drops can be
placed under the tongue or added to a glass of water. Another
remedy is to add some stock to the bath water.
oatstraw bath can provide relief for irritated skin and
neuralgia. A bath is prepared by boiling 1 lb (500 g) of
shredded oatstraw in 2 qt (0.95 l) of water. After boiling
for 20 minutes, this mixture is strained and used in the
bath. Another option is to place cooked rolled oat in a
bag and the bag is put in the bath.
oat has not been associated with any health risks when taken
in proper dosages, according to Physician's Desk Reference
for Herbal Medicines, the 1998 book based on the findings
of Germany's Commission E.