Some days I am just drawn to certain things. Sometimes it is coffee, sometimes food, sometimes tea, and today, it is Oatstraw.
While it looks a lot like something a horse should eat, or perhaps a bird should build a nest with, and it doesn’t smell like anything spectacular, it does have a uniquely calming flavor.
Earlier today, I tried a brew of nettles, oat straw and red clover. I braced for the worst, thinking it might taste very awful, but to my surprise, it was actually nice (and perfect for my busy afternoon at work). It was about 1 tsp. of each herb into 2 cups of boiling water for 10 minutes.
My first impression was that I could definitely taste the nettles, which are not bad. They are kind of “cozy” tasting (if cozy had a flavor). The red clover was nice too, and added a little bit of top note. The oat straw, however, seemed warm, gentle, and sweet. I was expecting it to taste grassy (because that is how it looks), but I didn’t think it was grassy at all.
So tonight when I made my chamomile tea, I did 1/2 oat straw and 1/2 chamomile. I was hoping I did not ruin my chamomile tea (because I like it just fine with just chamomile and honey), but it also turned out tasty. The oat straw and chamomile blended nicely and tasted sweet and soothing.
I am going to have to try a few more oat straw blends. I understand it is good for many things including adrenals, bones, anxiety, insomnia, and inflammation.
It is also supposed to be good for fixing brain fog. I have to agree because before having it this afternoon, I was struggling with some spreadsheets at work, but once I had my tea, I zipped right through them quickly and got 30 reports done this afternoon.
I was very pleased with both teas today and see oatstraw becoming a regular in my teas. I am also reading up on it because it is a great skin soothing ingredient too, so there may be some soap, bath products and skin salves made with it in the future.
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