Oat Straw, Oat grass.
Composition of Avena Sativa
Avena sativa is obtained from Wild oat plant. This herb also reduces the cravings for nicotine. It is used as an ingredient in many medicines for restlessness and fatigue. Avena Sativa is rich in the amino acid L-Tryptophan, which is required for the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter which affects mood and well-being.
Health benefits of Avena Sativa
Sometimes called “wild oats” or “oat grass”, the extract derived from oats can help to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cigarette cravings. Oats are an effective tonic for the nervous system, and are often recommended in cases of fatigue or nervous exhaustion. Taking an oat extract may help to reduce stress and anxiety, and encourage better sleep. Using wild oats can be a safe and useful addition to your quit-smoking program.
It offers a fortifying boost when you are feeling weak, distracted and agitated. Avena Sativa has been found to increase attention span and improve mental performance. It reduces insomnia, anxiety and relieves neurological pain.
History of Avena Sativa
Compared to other domesticated cereals, evidence suggests that Avena sativa (Oats) was domesticated at a fairly late stage, with archaeological evidence of domesticated forms dating to around 1000-2000 BC in Bronze Age Europe. It coincides more-or-less with when horses started being used as draft animals. It is thought that domestication was started through Oat plants growing as weeds in cultivated fields of wheat and barley and being harvested along with the crop. Selection would have occurred through plants that retained their seed (non-shattering forms) being harvested preferentially over those that lost their seeds early (shattering forms). Avena sativa is considered to be derived from the hybridisation of wild species, in particular Avena sterilis and Avena fatua.