Saturday, December 17, 2011

Catnip: Not Just For Kittens

Kathi Keville, Director of the American Herb Association wrote a book called "Herbs for Health and Healing: A Drug-Free Guide to Prevention and Cure". In it she offers great recipes which I won't copy here but I did come across some great information on Catnip which I never once considered.

Catnip is a relaxant and great for "sleepy-time" teas. According to Keville, Catnip tea was used in Pre-Elizabethan times as the "beverage of choice" for a relaxing afternoon teatime. She also notes that it "lowers a fever and reduces the eruptions of measles and chicken pox". So because it is a relaxant, it's also great for upset stomaches, nausea, colic and diarrhea. Oddly enough, it can also be used to help constipation. So how does that work? Well she advises the use of a catnip enema as a last resort, but it's essentially because it is a muscle relaxant, helping the digestive systems parastalsis more comfortably and naturally. There are also benefits for PMS - obviously cramping is relieved (not necessarily cured, but relieved) because of the relaxing quality of the herb.

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