Wild Oats, Milky Oats (Avena sativa and A fatua)


Wild oats of the Avena genus are ready to harvest at the time of writing this (late October –  early November).

What marks this time as being special. Inside the seed case, the seed is forming. At the moment it is a blob of white latex. This is what gives these plants called by their other common name ‘Milky Oats’ and is what we’re after to make our herbal remedies.



The tiny flower of a Wild Oat
The tiny flower of a Wild Oat


The ‘milk’ component of Wild Oats is used to restore tired and exhausted nervous systems. It helps to sooth and calm our nerves and to rebuild energy.

The rest of the oats is nutritious too, it’s full of minerals so a tea made from it can help frazzled nerves and exhaustion too.