Catnip Leaf / Medicinal Herb
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"If you set it, the cats will eat it, if you sow it, the cats don't know it " - Philip Miller.
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Besides being much beloved by cats everywhere, catnip was used by Romans as a tea and by people of the Middle Ages to flavor salads and meat.
The part of this plant used medicinally is the leaf. The primary chemical constituents of Catnip include essential oils and tannins. It also contains iron, selenium, potassium, manganese, chromium, and moderate amounts of other minerals and vitamins.
This herb also has many topical applications - as a bath herb for stress, colic and teething; as a compress or poultice for pain, sprains, bruises and insect bites; as a poultice for toothache; and as a hair rinse for scalp irritations.
Other uses include Catnip as a liniment for arthritis and rheumatism; as an eyewash for inflammation, allergies and bloodshot eyes; as an enema to cleanse the colon; and as a salve for hemorrhoids.
Eases symptoms of flu, colds and bronchitis.
Helps a restless child sleep.
Relieves the discomfort of stomach disorders, including colic, spasm, flatulence and acidity.
Calming action for hysteria, nervousness and headaches.
Cleanses and heals the lower bowel when used as an enema.
Cautions: Catnip should not be used during pregnancy as it increases menstrual flow.
Brew 1 tea bag per 1 cup boiling water. Allow to steep a minimum 5-10 minutes.
References: Balch, 1997; BHMA Scientific Committee, J.Pollak. * Please Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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