Thursday, August 14, 2008

Herbal Healing Power 6: Catnip


CATNIP

Nepeta Cataria


Catmint – True Catnip – Field Balm

Illustration from: Book of “Deutschlands Flora in AbbildungenJohann Georg Sturm (Painter: Jacob Sturm)

Scientific classification From Wikipedia

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Kingdom Plantae

Division Magnoliophyta

Class Magnoliopsida

Order Lamiales

Family Lamiaceae

Genus Nepeta

Species Cataria

Have a certain behavioral effect in most cats; stimulates cats' pheromonic receptors. Do not boil-steep.

Traditional Healing Powers

Anodyne Antispasmodyc ♦ Aromathic ♦ Carmitive ♦ Diaphoretic ♦ Nervine ♦ Refrigerant ♦ Stimulant (mild) ♦ Tonic ♦

“Phytotechniques” - Parts of the Plant Utilized

Herb

Traditionally or Folkloric Healing Applications

Colic • Coughs • Convulsions • Headaches (Nervous) • Hysteria • Nervousness • Spasms • Restlessness

External Use

Fevers ♠ fits ♠ Hysteria ♠ Worms (enema)

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