Oats (Avena sativa)

Oats are cultivated in the cool and moist regions of Europe and America. For centuries, they have been used as a topical treatment for a variety of skin conditions.

High in dietary fibre and nutritional value, the key health benefits are due to its macronutrients and high content of β-glucan. The high levels of β-glucan in particular have been shown to reduce bad cholesterol, the main risk factor for coronary heart disease.

Studies show that oat extracts exhibit direct anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, which may provide dermatological benefits. It is an active ingredient in skin protectant lotion.

Part used:

Seed, stem


Cooling, moistening, sweet


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