Catnip and Cats
Catnip the cannabis of the cat kingdom. Nepeta cataria, commonly known as catnip, catswort, or catmint, is famous for making cats deliriously crazy. Catnip has health properties that are great for humans, too. Catnip is useful for settling an upset stomach. It has been used to treat headaches, scarlet fever, coughing, insomnia, and smallpox. It can also be used for cuts as it has a natural healing quality (Crush fresh catnip leaves, damp them, and apply to your cut).
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Catnip Effects on humans
Some other medicinal uses for catnip include anesthetic, antibiotic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, calmative, diuretic, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, chills, cold in the joints, hemorrhoids, toothache. Drunk with salt and honey, it expels worms from the body.
A mild tea made with catnip herb is said to help improve digestion and calm nerves. It’s relaxing properties also make it beneficial to those who suffer from insomnia. Externally, Catnip infusions and baths help with achy muscles that accompany flu and illness. It can be used externally on the stomach of colicky babies to relax the stomach and help them sleep. It should be noted that pregnant women should stay away from catnip as it can cause the onset of early contractions.
Catnip grows like a weed in some areas, and has an untidy habit, spreading quickly to take up any available space. Most catnip varieties grow to a height of about three to four feet, and plants can get top-heavy with large serrated leaves, toppling over in an untidy heap when it rains or when the wind blows. Give catnip rich, well-drained soil. It tolerates most soil conditions (pH 6.1 to 7.8) but does like regular watering and partial to full sun. – © Angela Soya