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Catnip

Nepeta cataria | herb info from the Happy Herb Company

Botanical name:

Nepeta cataria
Ritual and Cultural Use:
Leaves of this mint herb were used in a tea by the early Europeans for cramps, aches, fevers and fits. They also chewed on the leaf for headache relief. The Chinese used it for chest complaints and believed that it attracted good spirits and happiness. Catnip was even the beverage of choice in Europe before tea was introduced from Asia!! Also, believe it or not, catnip was once smoked to treat asthma and bronchitis!
 
Effects:
Catnip is smoked for mild euphoria but some humans are more affected than others with excitement and giggling!
Catnip tea (one teaspoon in warm water) is excellent for relaxation and stomach cramps, particularly period pain.
 
Ray’s Rave:
Catnip is yet another good herb for reducing consumption of cannabis and/or tobacco. Catnip is a potentiator - increasing the effects of other herbs that it is used with.Known as nature’s ‘Alka-Seltzer’ for its usefulness in settling upset stomachs ... 
Catnip is also extremely useful for fevers (inducing sleep and enabling free perspiration without increasing body heat) and the aches and pains due to the flu. We have found that Catnip tea works marvelously for nausea and indigestion as well as period pain. In fact, it worked so well for my partner's period pain that I wanted to tell the world... However, I was soon made aware that we are prevented from broadcasting the benefits of herbs. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) forbids one to make TRUTHFUL health claims about natural herbs and remedies! How will anyone of us learn about the benefits of herbs!? ...
 
Medicinal Use:
COLDS
CONVULSIONS
CRAMPS menstrual
COLIC
DIARRHOEA (especially children)
DIGESTION 
DRUG WITHDRAWAL
FEVERS
FLU
HEADACHES (nervous)
HARM REDUCTION OF CANNABIS AND/OR TOBACCO
HYPERACTIVITY
INDIGESTION (chew or tea)
NICOTINE WITHDRAWAL
NERVES
NIGHTMARES
PERIOD PAIN
SEDATIVE (mild)
Makes some cats really horny (unfortunately this does not happen
for humans!)

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