Amazing oatmeal! Is it more than just a tasty morning treat? It could be if you are you prone to anxiety, or are too stressed out by daily life. Or perhaps you are losing sleep, and becoming irritable during your day. That morning treat may be just what nature ordered!
Oats, or Avena Sativa, have long been venerated for their heart-helping qualities. Packed with many essential vitamins and minerals, oats are extremely nutritive for those recovering from illnesses. They aid in building strong bones, are great for skin issues, and can even help with cholesterol.
And if those weren’t enough reasons to love oats, perhaps this will make a believer out of you. Those little whitish flakes feed the entire nervous system. They nourish and strengthen that vital part of ourselves, and protect us from stress, depression, sleeplessness, anxiety, nervous debility and exhaustion. Those conditions can knock us right out of our routines, and keep us from happiness. But yummy organic oatmeal can come to the rescue! By giving our nervous system what it needs, oats help our tense nerves, muscles, and brain to relax, thus affecting our thoughts and mind. Body always affects mind, and vice versa.
I’ve used oats for everything, in every way possible. They are one of my go-to herbs in my natural arsenal. In the past, when I worked a very stressful job, I would eat a bowl of oatmeal every day on my break, which allowed me to lower my tension level and not lash out at the innocent people around me. It works! Here are some ways to make them work for you.
Oatmeal as Medicine
Eat simple organic oatmeal daily for that relaxing and nutritive effect. Be careful of the sugar content, or course, which can wind those nerves right back up. Or, you could make oatmeal bars for an on-the-go calming treat, adding in other good things for you. I am playing around with some recipes for my excitable kid to keep him calm and focused throughout his school day. I’ll post if I can find one he will actually eat!
Grind the oats up into powder and put them in capsules to take as supplements daily, especially if you are not particularly fond of oatmeal. You can find electric grinders at some retail locations, and certainly online. I found mine at a bed and bath store, and it truly is an essential tool for those who make herb-based pills on a daily basis. You can, of course, mortar and pestle your way through too. Buying your herbs already ground from a healthy, reputable source can save you time. Oats are generally safe, but if you take prescription medication with a lot of your oatmeal pills, be sure to look up any contradictions, just in case.
And if you are feeling so stressed out that you need a real break from everything, make an oatmeal bath. A cup or two of oats and a few tablespoons of honey in the bath water will not only soften your skin, but help you to feel calmer and refreshed. Add milk, or your favorite essential oils if you wish, keeping to those that uplift the mind.
There’s no need to worry if you are following a gluten-free diet. Gluten free oatmeal is now easy to find, even at most big chain stores.