Oat straw or dried milky oat seed makes a delicious and nourishing herbal infusion, especially when paired with nettles. To make the infusion, place a handful of nettles and a handful of oat straw or seed in a mason jar. Fill with almost-boiling water to the top. Cover and let steep at least four hours or overnight. Strain and heat, or refrigerate to enjoy a refreshing herbal iced tea. Store the remainder in the refrigerator up to three days. Honey added when the water is hot will increase the storage time by a few days.
Nettle and oat straw infusion is a wonderful tonic all year but especially in the spring and fall for seasonal allergies. I have great success using nettles and oat straw tea for hay fever even though many sources will say only the freeze-dried capsules will work (nonsense!). Enjoy! -Jen