Catnip, Nepeta cataria
Everyone knows catnip as the plant that makes cats go crazy. For us, it actually has the opposite effect and is one of my favorite herbs for a night-time tea. It gently relieves “congestion” affecting the nerves and has a sedative effect on the nervous system. It is also a good cure for diarrhea. Due to its mild, gentle nature, catnip, like lemon balm, is excellent to give for nervousness and hyperactivity of children as well as a a tea to relieve fevers and colds. Catnip (like lemon balm and tulsi) makes a great glycerine to give to children.
Catnip also combines well in equal parts for a tea of catnip, chamomile, spearmint and lemon balm. We use the leaf and flowers for tinctures and teas.
Catnip also makes a nice infused honey.
Cautions/Contraindications: “Do not use for extended periods of time with small children. it has an almost narcotic effect when overused.” (Darryl Patton, Tommie Bass)
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