Catnip is one of our traditional remedies for colds & flu and a favorite with cats! Nepeta cataria or Catnip is perennial plant having gray-green leaves with whitish pink flowers in summer. Native to Europe now naturalized in North America, catnip is a common garden plant that is easy to grow, preferring a dryer soil than it’s cousins the mints. A must for every herb garden, try growing catnip in hanging baskets for harvesting and some in the ground for the cats, bees and butterflies to enjoy. Don’t get “Catnip” confused with the perennial “Catmint” Nepeta faassenii with it’s gray leaves and showy blue flowers. Cats are attracted to
both plants and will roll all over them while they will only graze on catnip leaves. Catmint is aromatic, but lacks the medicinal quality of Catnip.
As a carminative, Catnip eases stomach upset, flatulence (gas), dyspepsia (ingestion) and colic. As a cold and flu remedy (especially for children), Catnip lowers fever, relieves diarrhea, and reduces the eruption of chicken pox and measles. Catnip is a mild yet effective sedative for the nerves and can ease headaches. It is generally considered safe for use, especially with children and the elderly.
Drinking Catnip tea in the evenings can help you relax after a long day- try blending it with Gotu Kola, Lemon Balm, Passionflower and Lavender. For colds and flu, blend Catnip with Elder flower, Spearmint and Chamomile. Adding local honey can enhance your tea with immunity boosting sweetness.
The following article is for educational purposes and not intended for diagnosis. Always consult your health practitioner when needed.