This Catnip in our #garden wintered well outside and is now in full #bloom I did some research and it offers itself up in many ways as #plantmedicine When I offered catnip last year in #Tea Blends a lot of people asked me "Humans can drink or ingest catnip?" 😸😸😸
Famous for its ability to stimulate cats, #Catnip isn’t just for cats. Human beings have also valued catnip and have used it #medicinally for the past 2,000 years. Steeped in #teas or chewed fresh, the leaves of this member of the #mint family have a long history of use as a sedative, digestion aid and antispasmodic.
Catnip is often used in cold, #flu, and #fever #remedies (especially for children), where it can both promote gentle perspiration to help relieve fevers and induce sleep without raising body temperature. Although catnip is well known for its #intoxicating effect on cats, modern use suggests the #herb has the opposite (#calming) effect on humans. The herb’s nervine qualities have been known to relieve #restlessness and help people fall #asleep Catnip also produces a #relaxing action on the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, relieving upset stomach, indigestion, and heartburn. As a #floweressence
Catnip is calming and enhances #socialskills and is useful when trying to make new #friends, changing schools, jobs and homes. Catnip helps those affected by #peerpressure and #bullying from others. A catnip flower essence is a gentle way to soothe autistic and shy #children and adults. Catnip #floweressences are great for Social inhibition of any kind. I'm going ahead and making some for myself so if you're interested in trying some too let me know! I could also do this as a Tea or a #bath blend! #ello #ellonew