Catnip for pets
Catnip (Cepeta Cataria) is a perennial plant that is part of the mint family. It is best known for it’s eupharic response in cats. They will roll in ecstasy on fresh or dried catnip leaves, tear with delight and purr with contentedness when exposed to this special treat.
The domestic cat’s response to catnip has been extensively studied. While most cats are affected by it, approximately 10% of cats do not react to catnip until they reach 3 months old and kittens less than 2 months old will not react at all.
Nepetalactone chemicals that are responsible for this intocicant are said to be similar to the natural sedative in Valerian. This supports the traditional use of catnip for humans as a sedative or a mild tranquilizer (Catnip facts provided in part by the Natural Research Council of Canada, 1997).
Catnip for humans?
catnip Yes! Catnip is not just for cats. This culinary and medicinal herb is used also as a tea. Catnip is known for its calming and sleep-inducing effects. According to the history of catnip as a tea, it has been used to relieve upset stomachs, colic, nightmares, scurvy, flatulence, diarrhea, treating cancer and to encourage menstruation (it is not recommended for pregnant women). Catnip also contains vitamins A and C. The taste has a warm minty, grassy flavor. This herb can be mixed with peppermint or other full flavored teas of your choice.
It is also useful for aiding in the relief from stress, headaches and insomnia. It also has relaxing properties which may soothe nervousness and tension. In England during the 15th century catnip tea was frequently consumed before modern chinese tea became readily available (Catnip facts provided in part by “The Natural Research Council of Canada, 1997).
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