If you’d enjoy a stronger sense of well-being, a better libido, and improved focus, it’s time to start exploring the benefits of milky oats!
5 Benefits of Milky Oats
What are milky oats? They sound like some kind of granola cereal, right?
Well, they’re actually the very same oats you eat for breakfast (Avena sativa), but they’re harvested at a very critical stage. For a period of just a few days, immature oat grains are filled with a highly nutritious, highly medicinal, milky fluid. It pops out when you squeeze them, like a tiny juice pouch.
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These are milky oats, and there are some amazing benefits of milky oats you probably never knew about.
Milky Oats Benefit #1: Finally! Relief from Your Frazzled Life!
We all experience stress in our daily lives—usually more than we’d like. Sometimes, it can feel like we’re marinating in it day after day. That kind of grind really takes a toll on your health and well-being.
Milky oats can help with any kind of stress, but one of the benefits of milky oats is that they’re a lifesaver for those of us worn down and burned out by chronic stress.1)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: the Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003. If you feel chewed up and spit out, and the world just keeps demanding more, milky oats could change your whole outlook on life.
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They can’t make your boss reduce your workload, but they can help you handle it with increased ease and peace. And when is the last time you had a really—I mean REALLY—restful night’s sleep? Wouldn’t that help you feel recharged and ready to face the day?
Milky Oats Benefit #2: Boost Mood and Energy Levels
You know what happens when you stop living under constant stress? You feel better! That sounds obvious, but it’s hardly trivial. Many people using milky oats feel less anxiety, depression, or “frantic.”2)Herbal Academy. “Oats Benefits: Getting To Know Avena Sativa.” Herbal Academy, January 25, 2018. https://theherbalacademy.com/oats-benefits-getting-to-know-avena-sativa/.3)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: the Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003. One of the benefits of milky oats is the way they support an energized feeling and a general sense of well-being.4)Weed, Susun S. Wise Woman Herbal Healing Wise. Woodstock, NY: Ash Tree Pub., 1989.
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Milky Oats Benefit #3: Sexual Health and Libido
Milky oats support your endocrine system for smoother hormone regulation. And hormones regulate pretty much everything that happens in your body. They’re super important! Milky oats not only support hormonal health in general, but they’re especially buddy-buddy with those hormones related to reproductive health. (There’s a reason we use the phrase, “Sowing your wild oats!”)
What if there was a drink that would give you “renewed zest and vigor,” spark a “glowy” feeling, and give you “a sense of buoyant wellness”? It’s not too good to be true—it’s the power of milky oats! Click here to take the 14-Day Milky Oats Challenge.
Milky oats love helping you and your significant other make a connection. Whether that means supporting your physical capacities, increasing your interest in couple-time, or making physical contact more pleasurable, milky oats are here for you.5)Weed, Susun S. Wise Woman Herbal Healing Wise. Woodstock, NY: Ash Tree Pub., 1989.
Milky Oats Benefit #4: Replenish Your Nervous System
Milky oats have a knack for rebooting and resetting nerve issues. Along with the general calming and supportive role oats play for the nervous system, a benefit of milky oats is the way they can help tell pain to chill out.6)Weed, Susun S. Wise Woman Herbal Healing Wise. Woodstock, NY: Ash Tree Pub., 1989. Milky oats can even help with some types of heart palpitations.7)Herbal Academy. “Oats Benefits: Getting To Know Avena Sativa.” Herbal Academy, January 25, 2018. https://theherbalacademy.com/oats-benefits-getting-to-know-avena-sativa/.
Milky Oats Benefit #5: Increase Focus and Memory
What was I going to say? Oh, yeah. I was going to tell you about milky oats and your memory. Milky oats’ effects on the nervous system aren’t limited to the body. The biggest part of your nervous system is your brain. Milky oats can help to quiet a scattered, anxious mind and support your ability to focus and recall important information.8)Herbal Academy. “Oats Benefits: Getting To Know Avena Sativa.” Herbal Academy, January 25, 2018. https://theherbalacademy.com/oats-benefits-getting-to-know-avena-sativa/.
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How Do I Use Them?
You can take advantage of the benefits of milky oats in a variety of ways. Grind them up and add them to a bath for a calming soak-session. Yes, you can absorb their goodness through your skin!
You can also eat them, though it takes work to get the hulls off.
The easiest way to use them is in a tincture.
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A tincture is an extract of a plant that uses alcohol to pull out and hold a plant’s medicinal goodness. They’re typically very concentrated so that a smaller dose can be used. Plus, they have a long shelf-life, lasting several years without refrigeration.
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Another advantage of a tincture is that you’re likely to feel the effects faster. Food-based preparations of milky oats or oat straw have the same effects as a milky oats tincture, plus they contain a ton of nutrition. No doubt, they’re great! BUT they may take weeks to start showing results. A milky oats tincture can jump-start the process!
The dosage can be personalized quite a bit, but many people prefer 1–2 ml (20 to 40 drops), 1 to 3 times daily. Place it under your tongue for fastest absorption. Or, mix it with a drink if the alcohol taste is too intense.
What Do You Think?
If you love milky oats as much as we do, let us know in the comments—and be sure to share what you use them for!
Scott Sexton is a TGN Trailblazer, a highly experimental gardener, an unrelenting weed-eater, and a largely non-profit herbalist (much to his wife’s chagrin). When Scott is not teaching foraging classes, testing out theories in the garden, or grazing in the forest, he can be found at his Facebook page, “A Forager’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.”
|↑1, ↑3||Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: the Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.|
|↑2, ↑7, ↑8||Herbal Academy. “Oats Benefits: Getting To Know Avena Sativa.” Herbal Academy, January 25, 2018. https://theherbalacademy.com/oats-benefits-getting-to-know-avena-sativa/.|
|↑4, ↑5, ↑6||Weed, Susun S. Wise Woman Herbal Healing Wise. Woodstock, NY: Ash Tree Pub., 1989.|
I’ve never heard of milky oats before. Now I’m completely curious. Is there a gluten free version?
Hi, C! I’m gluten free too. Oats are gluten free by default. But they are sometimes processed on the same machines that process wheat. Or they may be alternately planted in the same fields, causing the occasional errant wheat seed to pop up in a patch of oats. If you grow or harvest the oats yourself, you can be sure that they are g-free. Or if the packaging indicates as much. If not, they may have traces of gluten, but not high amounts. It will depend how sensitive you are to gluten, whether or not you want to risk it.
I had a friend gift me some milky oats. Very pleasant as a tea.
I never knew this about oats! Thank you for the great article.
Where do you get them in like 1lb or more quantities? I would also like to find seeds for planting.
Pacific Botanicals sells milk stage oat tops.