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Catnip has a history of use in both China and Europe for about 2,000 years. A member of the mint family, catnip has similar properties to peppermint, spearmint and other mint family remedies. It is aromatic and carminative, so it is most often used as a remedy for gas, heartburn, colic and other problems with indigestion. It is so good at relieving indigestion, that some herbalists have called it "Nature's Alka Seltzer."
Catnip is a great remedy for children and has been used to help settle the stomach of colicky babies. It is usually mixed with fennel for this purpose. The combination of Catnip and Fennel has saved many a mother's sanity and sleep. This gas relieving property is why John Christopher included catnip in his formula for gas and bloating named Anti-Gas Formula.
Catnip is also a nervine and sedative. Chemists have found that nepetalactone isomers are the constituents that explain catnip's tranquilizing effect. They are similar to chemicals found in Valerian. Drinking a cup of catnip tea may help ease anxiety and prepare you for a good night's sleep. It has benefits for the nerves so is in the formula Nerve Eight.
Catnip also helps to ease cramping, intestinal, menstrual. This relaxing action is part of the reason catnip helps with colic and also makes it a useful ingredient in All Cell Detox as it off sets the tendency of a laxative herb
Catnip has also been used for colds, flu, fevers and respiratory congestion. It is usually consumed as a warm tea. Catnip tea makes a fever effective enema solution to ease intestinal gas, open respiratory passages and reduce fever. Catnip capsules are can be made into a tea by putting the contents of 3-4 capsules into a cup and covering it with boiling water. It can then strained and consumed, or used as an enema.
Catnip has also been used for viral infections such as chicken pox and measles. It is an ingredient in Four a formula that is good for respiratory congestion and allergies and Joint Support a formula for arthritic pains.
Catnip contains citronella, a chemical that is an effective insect and ant repellent. So, while leaving the crushed leaves around will attract cats, it will repel insects.
Catnip (100 Capsules)
Catnip and Fennel (2 oz liquid)