Catmint, Catnep, Chi Hsueh Tsao (Chinese), Field Balm
Parts Used Leaves. Flowering Tops
Perennial Herb from the Mint (Labiatae) family.
Dipenten, Lifronella, NepetalicAcid,
Tannic Acids [tannins] Thymol
Most herbalists recommend 3 - 12 grams of Catnip per day for
Antibacterial, Antidiarrheal, Antispasmodic, Aromatic, Carminative,
Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Mucolytic, Nervine, Refrigerant, Sedative,
Stomach Tonic, Tonic.
Used in the following internal
alleviates Anxiety, Bronchitis, Chickenpox, Colds, Colic [it “works”
by facilitating the expulsion of intestinal gas and by relaxing smooth
muscles. The usual dosage is
1 fluid ounce of a catnip infusion with each feeding.], Diarrhea,
Dysmenorrhea, Dyspepsia, Fever, Flatulence, Headache, Hives,
Hyperactivity, Hysteria, Indigestion, Insomnia, Measles, Motion
Sickness, Catnip alleviates Stress, prevents Convulsions
Restlessness, Stomachache, stimulates appetite Teething,
is a mild antibacterial. Chew
the fresh leaves for a headache or toothache.
helps stomach aches by calming the nerves.
it for stress, nervousness.
is an excellent herb for children and will help calm them during the
trials of teething, colic and restlessness.
given for colds and fevers, it helps the person get the rest that they
Arthritis, Bloodshot Eyes, Bruises, Colic, Eye Inflammation,
Hemorrhoids, Hiccups, Insect Bites, Insect Repellent, Pain, Rheumatism,
Sprains, Stress, Teething, Toothache
herb for stress,
colic and teething.
or poultice for pain, sprains, bruises and insect bites.
rinse for scalp irritations.
for arthritis and rheumatism.
for inflammation, allergies and bloodshot eyes.
to cleanse the colon.
have been smoked as a euphoric and to stop hiccoughs.
toys for cats - simply tie some of the dried herb into an old sock.
scent repels rats and many insects.
Bitter, Cool, Dry.
indications and side effect
toxicity although smoking the herb is mildly hallucinogenic.
Catmint is a herb of
Venus and thus would influence both Libra and Taurus.
Catmint has it major
action on the digestive system and also has a relaxing effect through
its 3rd and 4th chakra activity.
Catmint likes wet areas
and has a strong aroma which inclines it to stomachic properties.The
relaxing qualities may be perceived by the odour but it is more likely
that the ancients observed the effect on animals first and then used it
for its calming qualities.
MythologyThe odour seems to affect cats as an aphrodisiac and a euphoric
since it's smell is similar to the pheromones that cats secrete.
The genus name, Nepeta, is from Nepeti, a Roman town where this
herb was cultivated. This
is a good herb for people who don't like sharing, have a hard time
revealing their feelings, and never complain. A belief is that it would
make kind people mean, and so the dried roots were fed to hangmen. Grown
from seed and cuttings, but if transplanted the neighborhood cats
will devour it; hence the saying, 'If you set it, cats will eat it. If
you sow it, the cats don't know
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