7813RE: [SCA-Herbalist] catnip/catmint
- Jun 17, 2010
I fully concur with Kuromori Fumiyo . I used to make a tea of catnip, skullcap, valerian, and white willow bark for postwar fighting aches and pains for the Hoghton household. That will knock you out. But it certainly works.
Have you had any results for feverfew for headaches. I know that in the UK that is a standard treatment. And it grows like crazy.
I'll be honest that I don't know about period uses for catnip; but modernly catnip is used as a gentle pain reliever, relaxer, and is good for calming nerves.
Its gentle enough to give to children, and one of the ingredients in my own personal anti-migrate tea blend.
I suggest taking it with lemon balm and or chamomile as a soothing relaxer tea.
Mix it with peppermint to calm an upset stomach.
And combine it with stronger pain relievers like skullcap or arnica for long term issues, add ginger to that mix if there is chronic inflammation.
It's also good for aromatherapy for relaxation, a hot catnip and chamomile bath is the best thing after a hard day!
Shire of Dragon's Mist, Antir. Master Herbalist
--- On Sun, 11/29/09, storm85213 <original_xman@...> wrote:
From: storm85213 <original_xman@...>
Subject: [SCA-Herbalist] catnip/catmint
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2009, 12:44 PM
Happy (post)Thanksgiving. I hope that someone can verify/illuminate me on catnip. There was a brief article in the paper yesterday about the nature and uses of catnip beyond altering the states of cats. The article said that anise extract has the same effect on dogs, but that is another topic. One of the uses was as a cockroach repellent. Also stated was that catnip tea was a popular European tea before the importation of Chinese teas. I did a quick web search which did support the cockroach repellent, and that catnip was widespread throughout Europe and North Africa.
Does anybody know of any other uses, or the earliest suspected uses in Europe?
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