Oats for Hair Loss and More
In botanical terms, Oats is known as Avena Sativa from the family of Ponceae (Haygrass) or Gramineae (Grass). In layman's language, it is commonly called Oat Straw, Rolled Oats, Wild Oats, Groats, Steel Cut Oats, or Common Oats.
Oats are fibrous plants growing in regions with temperate climates and are believed to have originated from Western Asia or Eastern Europe. It grows up to four feet and has slim rough leaves and loose sheaves. It is a sturdy plant that is not difficult to cultivate and grows even in cold regions.
Avena Sativa, or Oats, during ancient times, was known for its nutritional and medicinal values. It is nutritional in the sense that it served as the staple food in Northern Europe. It is medicinal because the whole plant is used as alternative remedies for hair loss, skin deficiencies, and deformed nails. Avena was commonly used in treating disorders in the digestive systems such as ulcers, dyspepsia and related gastric cases. In another aspect, oats were also planted to stop soil erosion.
Avena Sativa contains the following essential elements, namely silicon, saponins, gluten, albumen, protein, carbohydrates, minerals, gum, flavonoids, alkaloids, and glycosides.
Silicon is the substance needed for building healthy thick hair, healthy glowing skin, and strong fingernails.
Herbalists claim that the regular intake of Avena may help cigarette smokers quit their habit and aid them in fighting the symptoms caused by stopping the use of morphine and opium or other related drugs.
Herb users believe Avena's high calcium content helps in the prevention of osteoporosis and bone loss and build strong bones and nails. Menopausal women are encourage to take a regular dose of Avena to alleviate disorders brought about by symptoms of menopause. Avena is likewise used as nerve tonic to nourish the nervous system. It calms and soothes nervousness in people who always under pressure. Other herbalists claim that Avena serves as aphrodisiac and could actually help men and women maintain a stimulating sexual relationship.
More often than not, Avena greatly helps in increasing energy level and stamina. The Oat grain is rich in protein and carbohydrates thereby allowing herb users to eliminate sluggishness and maintain an active lifestyle.
Recent studies show that in view of Avena's high fiber content, it may greatly contribute to lowering blood cholesterol level thus minimizing the incidence of arteriosclerosis, heart attacks and stroke.
Ma. Roma Agsalud