CATNIP

CATNIP: “Enjoy it with Kitty”

Digestive Aid, Menstrual Cramps, Sedative, Tranquilizer

Also Known As: Catmint, Catnep, Catswort, Fieldbalm

HISTORY:

Besides the many wonderful uses listed above, catnip is an intoxicant soother in the digestive tract . It helps to soothes nerves and also provides a handy first aid for gardeners. From Europe to China, catnip has been used as a medicine for about 2,000 years. It has a pleasant lemony taste with a minty vapor. Catnip was also used as a cold & cough remedy and for infant colic.

PREPARATION:

Enjoy a pleasant mint tasting infusion of catnip as a digestive aid, a mild tranquilizer or to soothe menstrual cramps.

  • 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.

Safety:

Catnip is considered non-toxic but some may experience an upset stomach when using. The FDA list catnip as an undefined safety even though there are no findings of the herb producing any toxic reactions.