The common oat (Avena sativa) is cultivated all around the world as a staple grain in many diets. Its seeds are rolled or crushed to make oatmeal for people, as a hearty feed for livestock, as well as countless other culinary and practical applications. While the oats themselves garner most of the attention, other parts of the oat plant are also being utilized for their exceptional assets.
Oat straw, or the stems to the oat plant, saw common application as bedding and insulation due to its soft and absorbent properties. However, it is not unusual to see the oat straw being used in a variety of medicinal, nutritional, and topical ways. The entire oat plant is rich in numerous vitamins and minerals, as well as a good source of soluble fiber. Oat straw can also be seen used as a poultice, or infused in a bath for topical applications.