Folk Names: Cat, Catmint, Catrup, Cat's Wort, Fiel Balm, Nepeta, Nip.
Powers: Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness.
This perennial herb can grow to a height of up to 3 feet with a spread of 15 inches. It has a straggly habit and is likely to be flattened by cats who love to roll in it. The only way to protect it is with wire netting.
Catnip is easily grown from seed in spring and summer. It prefers good, fertile soil and partial shade. Soil should be well-drained and slightly alkaline. Roots can be divided in spring and fall.
The leaves are also used in salads and tea. Fresh leaves can be rubbed on raw meat as a tenderizer or mixed with olive oil and seasonings for a marinade.
RELAXING TEA BLEND:
This combination of herbs helps you relax to start the day. 1/4 C. dried spearmint
1 C. dried lemon balm
1/4 C. dried lemon grass
½ C. dried catnip
1/4 C. dried chamomile flowers
2 Tbs. Dried lavender flowers
Combine the herbs and store in an air tight container in a dark cool location. Make tea using 2 teaspoons of herb blend for each cup. Turn on some relaxing music and write in your journal.
This herb belongs to the mint family and it used to ease digestion, calm the nerves, and relieve muscle spasms, including menstrual cramps.
How It May Benefit You...
tension, stress, difficulty in sleeping
colds, flu, bronchial congestion, fever
colic in infants
Apply externally for cuts and scrapes.
Avoid catnip during pregnancy.
Te-keety -- Ole'!
Pack a pint (or larger) clean glass jar with fresh Catnip. Harvest just before it blooms for greatest strength. Pour in tequila (we used gold) to cover all of the herb, cap, label, and date. Put away in a cupboard for 10 days to two weeks, then strain into another clean jar. Pour into glass dropper bottles for use. Dose: 1-2 droppersful 3-4 times per day as necessary for cramps. And don't drive after dosing -- take a Cat nap!
The most common use for catnip is as a recreational herb for cats. Catnip is used to make light yellow dye. Dry catnip by hanging it upside down in bags, then crumble and sew into cotton bags.