Catnip

Not Just For Cats 

Catnip is a powerful and useful herb in the mint family.  Catnip is a nervine and can be used for relaxation, as a sedative for sleep, anxiety, stress, migraines, and stomach issues.  Nervines help with these issues because they nourish and lubricate nerve tissues. 

Catnip is also an anti-inflammatory and can be used for arthritis, hemorrhoids, and swelling from hives or bug bites/stings.  Catnip contains vitamins A, B, & C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and sodium.

Tea is one of the more common ways catnip is taken for its nerving properties. The flowering tops of the plant are steeped in water. I use leaf in my tea.  Unlike traditional tea, you do NOT want to put catnip in boiling water, bring the water to a boil and remove from heat for a minute before beginning the steeping process. Consume like any other herbal tea.  A poultice or salve can be used for hemorrhoids and stings.  Leaves can be tossed onto green salads or fruit salads for added nutrition and a splash of flavor.

Catnip is easy to grow; and pollinators love their flowers.  

Author: Cathy

I am a micro organic farmer, dedicated to growing healthy soils and ecosystems as a basis for growing nutritionally dense food. Greetings from Farm to Family we are an off-grid homestead that is still connected to civilization and technology... like a “Jetsons” “Little House On the Prairie” fusion. We are all about independence and self sufficiency here on our homestead, yet we are still strongly connected to community and outside resources to obtain and maintain our self sufficiency. We generate our own electricity and have our own water source. We are working towards not working a 9-5 ever again, and the pandemic has been the bomb in our lives that is forcing that reality. Think Globally, Act Locally We created Farm to Family to share the knowledge and skills we have so we may become self sufficient; and hopefully others may follow our lead to self-sufficiency. Our global culture needs a massive life style change that can lead to self-sufficiency of our species. Currently, humans are manipulating Earth’s resources and cycles to a point that our weather patterns have changed, species are going extinct, and ecosystems & biomes are threatened. If we all work separately at our own homes, but together at developing new lifestyles; we can create worldwide change for the better of Earth and all of her inhabitants! Let’s come together as a community of like minded individuals who want new, Earth friendly lifestyles and share our knowledge.

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