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Catnip

January 06, 2021

CATNIP

Nepeta cataria

Family:  Lamiaceae

Part used:  Leaves, flowering tops

Energetics:  Spicy, pungent, warm, neutral

Actions:  Antispasmodic,  carminative,  diaphoretic, nervine, sedative  (mild)

Catnip is a must on this farm, and not just to keep our four farm cats happy. Their names are Skeletor, Battlecat, Covergirl and Megababy,  and they’d for sure  revolt if  we were to ever stop growing  this  tasty  mint.  I  love  using  this  herb  for  colds,  flus and  especially  in  children’s  formulas.  I  like  to  add  it  to formulas  for  anxiety,  sleep  issues,  tension  headaches.  PMS and  menstrual  cramps  for  its  medicinal  properties  and  for  its mild  mint  taste.  It  can  also  be  helpful  for  stress  related digestive  issues.  Catnip  is  easy  to  grow  from  seed  and transplants.  I  harvest  the  leaves  and  flowers  throughout  the growing season to dry for teas and  tinctures.

Contraindications:  None known.





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