Scientific name: Nepata cataria

 Family: Mint

Part used: leaf

Catnip also called catmint is popular herbal remedy for children and adult. It is famous for its gentle sedative effect on the nervous system. Catnip is related to common kitchen herbs like thyme and sage, and can be grown as a houseplant.

Catnip leaves is small and has a grayish-green color and it has a white flower that bloom in summer. The flowers, leaves and stem are cut while the plants are in full flower and then dried for use in herbal preparations.

Health Benefits of Catnip Tea:

  • Beneficial for migraine headaches and headaches caused by indigestion.
  • May relieve stomach complaints such as colic, cramps, gas, and indigestion.
  • Use as an enema to expel worms and to relax and gently restore the tone of the bowels.
  • Has a calming effect that may help relieve stress, and may also help treat anxiety and nervousness.
  • Quickly reduces fever.
  • Stimulates the appetite.
  • Good for insomnia.
  • Beneficial for colds, bronchitis.
  • Poultice made from catnip leaves is used for toothaches.
  • Catnip when applied externally to cuts and scrapes can stop bleeding and promote healing.

Preparation and amount:

  • Infusion or tea: Steep 1-2 tsp of dried herb for 5-15 min on a hot water. Take 1 oz. to 1 cup as needed. Do not boil herb (boiling catnip may cause the loss of active ingredients). Catnip is often taken three times a day.
  • Tincture: take ½-1tsp. as needed.
  • Fluid extract: take ¼-1 tsp as needed.
  • Poultice: To use topically, dried leaves or flowers of catnip are moistened with warm water to make a poultice, which is applied externally as often as needed. Cooled catnip tea may also be used as a soak or a wash.

Medicinal Properties: carminative, diaphoretic, sedative, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, nervine, stomachic, stimulant

 Other Uses: Catnip contains an active component, nepetalactone which has been found to be very repellant to cockroaches, termites, and mosquitoes.

Precaution: There is no known hazard associated with recommended dosages of catnip preparation, but it may act to promote uterine contractions therefore it a best not to use it during pregnancy.

“This post was originally published on July 1, 2012 @12:18”

Health Benefits of Catnip Tea
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