In today's modern, crazy world, chances are you've had those days, weeks, even months. Enter milky oats - Avena sativa - the 'Avena' means 'nourishing' in Latin!
In the Poaceae (grass) family, milky oats provides a host of essential vitamins and minerals that nourish the body as a whole: - calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, and silicon - in addition to Vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K., starch and soluble fiber. The high silicon content alone feeds healthy skin, nails, hair, bones, and teeth.
But we herbalists rarely use an herb for a single constituent, and the power of oats with all its nutritive goodness strengthens connective tissue and blood vessels, mucosa, and nerves.
If you have been burning the candle at both ends, don't know which way is up, or are at your wit's end, then milky oats may just be the hug that you need. It's slightly sweet, slightly 'green', and the mildly milky consistency rolls off the tongue and smoothly down the throat. It just feels good!