I learned everything I know about herbal remedies, also known as folk remedies, from my mother and grandmother. One day, common sense kicked in and I realized that most, if not all, pharmaceutical drugs have some type of origin in nature.
I happened to be having a random conversation with my mother and aunt about who know’s what on a Sunday. My aunt brought up a memory of using catnip tea with her children for a fever. I completely forgot about the plant. A light bulb went off in my head.
I’ve focused on mental health so much lately that I neglected to have our tea talks! This month, I want to focus on three herbs that promote calming, stress relieving sensation to clear your mind and help you focus in the new year. So today we’re talking about… Catnip!
Nepeta Cataria is commonly known as Catnip, catswort, field balm and catmint.
You hear about it all the time when talking about it’s effects on cat’s but did you know it’s great for humans as well? Catnip has so many benefits. Keep reading to find out why it’s right for you!
It is native to Europe and part’s of Asia. However, it’s been naturalized in North America. Catnip contains nepetalactone which can improve relaxation. It’s naturally a caffeine free drink that has a very mild taste. As with most tea’s, I like mine with honey. Sometimes, I might throw a little lemon juice in there.
What is it great for?
- People who suffer from insomnia
- Improving digestion and nutrient assimilation
- Easing morning sickness
- Calming nerves
- Insect repellent
- Anti-fungal and bactericide
- Regulates menstrual cycle and induces uterine contractions
- Achy Muscles
Where can you get it?
Although you can find it at a pet store, please leave those brands for your cats. The herb is usually older and of lesser quality. Any health-food store should have some form of Catnip. It can be found in capsules, herbal tea bags, herbal extract with fennel or essential oil blends.
Catnip (Nepeta Cataria) essential oil shows a wide range of biological activities, not only cat stimulation, but also relaxant, antispasmodic, insect repellent, and allelopathic activities.American Journal of Essential Oils and Natural Products
Precautions: Check with doctor if pregnant. Can cause drowsiness. Rarely, but may cause allergic reactions
I decided to try it in anticipation of being sore the next day from my workout. I was a little worked the next day but not to the degree that I’m use to being afterwards. I’m not sure if it was entirely due to drinking the tea or because of the type of endurance focused workout that I did. I think you may have to make your own determination.
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Have a lovely week!