by Susun S. Weed
excerpt from Healing Wise
-- Avena Sativa -- Speaks!
Oats and Oatstraw are Good Friends in
An evening in a hot tub with Avena is a delicious
Relax in a full oatstraw bath to soothe pain from any internal
distress including cystitis, pelvic inflammatory disease,
rheumatism, lumbago, digestive kinks, sore kidneys, nervous
debility, gout, urinary graves. kidney stones, neurashthenia,
and neuralgias. Try repeated full oatstraw baths and your
Wise Woman ways to heal those who are exhausted, paralyzed,
and in emotional distress, or those dealing with liver ailments,
scrofula, and bone diseases.
Use a sitz bath of oatstraw to ease bladder spasms and
pain, uterine pain, and chronic intestinal distress.
Use an oatstraw footbath to soak away stink, sweat, cold,
and pain from your tender tootsies.
Use oatstraw washes to nourish and heal those with skin
diseases, flaky or dry skin, frostbite, chilblains, wounds
and eye irritations.
For chronic conditions, take your oatstraw bath twice a
week or more, and drink the infusion freely, for as many
weeks as needed. In acute situations, use hot oatstraw baths
and poultices frequently until pain subsides, then once
or twice a day, as needed.
2 qts/liters oatstraw infusion
Add reheated, strained oatstraw infusion to a tub of hot
water. Immerse self and soak away tensions.
2.2 pounds/1 kilo oatstraw
Boil water and pour over oatstraw in a 1 galon/4 liters
water large tub. When cooled sufficiently, bathe. (Yes with
the oats and all.)
excerpt from Healing Wise, p. 207
Tie a handful of oatmeal int a thin cloth and soak in warm
water (in the tub with you is fine), squeezing now and then
until the milky white oat cream appears. Use this, in a
hot bath, as a cleansing rub, skin softener, complexion
treatmen, and itch reliever. Rub in spirals on joints. Rub
on face. leaves skin feeling marvelously nourished, cleansed,
Oatstraw Hair Rinse
Shampoo hair as usual, rinsing and
applying crème rinse if wanted. Pour 1 cup/250ml
strained oatstraw infusion over hair and massage in; don’t
rinse out. Towel dry hair for best results.
Nourishes and rehydrates
A little something extra for sick young ones, nauseated
moms, those recovering from any gastro-intestinal problems,
including surgery, and those haling from acid poisoning.
1 cup/250ml oats
1 cup/250ml water
1 teaspoon/5ml lemon juice
1 teaspoon/5ml raw honey
1 teaspoon/5ml water
Pour boiling water over oats and let stand overnight. In
the morning add remaining ingredients.
Mix well, then pour into cloth and wring juice out, saving
it carefully. Take by the spoonful.
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