Avena sativa

Oatmeal, Milky Oats, Catgrass, Yen-Mai (Traditional Chinese Medicine),

Native to


A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake and to ensure we recognize any appropriation that we may make in our use of a plant, we include it's nativity.

Parts Used 

  • Milky oats are harvested when the oats are in a stage of "milking," it only lasts about a week

  • Seeds are collected after flowering

  • Straw is harvested when the oats are milky and the stem is still green

  • Antidepressant

  • Anxiolytic

  • Aphrodisiac

  • Cardiotonic

  • Demulcent

  • Emmolient

  • Hypocholesterolmic

  • Immunomodulant

  • Nervine

  • Nutritive

  • Reproductive Tonic

  • Trophorestorative

Divinities & Mythos

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Saturn, Venus

  • Element(s): Earth

  • Gender: Feminine

  • Taste: Refreshing, Slightly Sweet

  • Energy: Cooling, Moistening, Sweet, Warming

Warnings: Gluten + Immunomodulation

While there appears to be no gluten reaction from uncontaminated oats, they are typically processed alongside glutenous grains and therefore should be approached by celiacs and those with intolerances with caution. Only you truly know what your body can handle when it comes to these particular conditions.

Oat/Oatstraw can effect your immune stability (for better or worse), so avoid if you are immunocompromised.

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Oatstraw in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Oatstraw.

Magical Properties

  • Beauty

  • Calm

  • Energy

  • Love

  • Lust

  • Money

  • Prosperity

  • Relaxation

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?