Oats

Avena sativa

Oats offer a gentle, supportive, nourishing nervine tonic. Long-term use helps to build resilience in the nervous system and also strenghens the immune system. Oats are a steady, safe aid for anxiety, depression, insomnia. Oats contain vitamin B, magnesium and calcium, all of which nourish the nervous system.

I grow organic oats here on my allotment in Machynlleth. They are well-suited to our climate, and are good for the soil too – I grow far more than I need, so I can dig the rest back in to replenish the earth. Oats are harvested at the green ‘milk’ stage, before they have ripened. Their stalks are later harvested and dried, for tea and baths.