CATNIP

CATNIP:

Also Known As: Catmint, Catnep, Catswort, Fieldbalm

 

PREPARATION:

  • Infusion:

Take 2 teaspoons of dried herbs per cup of boiling water. Do not boil catnip with water. Boiling dissipates it’s healing oils. Steep for 10 to 20 minutes. May drink up to 3 cups daily.

  • Tincture:

Take a half to one teaspoons a day. Weak and cool mixtures of catnip may be given to infants suffering from colic.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Catnip is a gray-greenish aromatic perennial that grows up to 3 feet tall. Grows easily from their seeds. Planting them can be done either in the spring or fall. Use well drained soil and plant them where the sun is high or partial shade. Some growers says using a drier soil produces a more aromatic plant. Plant them 18 inches apart and harvest in the summer when the plants are in full bloom.