Monday, April 12, 2010

Catnip is For Humans Too!

Catnip is a member of the mint family and is also known as catmint, catswort, and field balm. It is believed to have originated in Europe but today grows frequently in the Northern Hemisphere. The plants have fuzzy greenish gray leaves and small white flowers that bloom in the summer. The flowers, leaves and stem are cut when it’s in full bloom and then dried for herbal preparations.

When taken orally, catnip works as a sedative for humans—and sometimes does the same for cats! 

In humans, it is used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and nervousness. It contains nepetalacone, which is the key to it’s sedative properties. It has also been used to reduce the onset of migraine headaches. In addition, it has been used to relive stomach issues like colic, cramps, gas and indigestion. When used topically, it can be used as a treatment to reduce swelling in arthritis, hemorrhoids, and soft tissue injuries.

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