Catnip, also known as field balm, catswort or catmint, has been used for at least 2000 years and is known as a strong herbal medicine for the treatment of colds, tension, insomnia and stomach upsets. The herb is known to be gentle enough for children, and the extract is particularly good for relief of insomnia and prevention of nightmares. One of the best ways to control anxiety, Catnip as a mild sedative that is said to help you relax. It acts as an overall herbal pain reliever to ease tension headaches, migraines, and cramps. Catnip is a carminative, or substance that helps expel gas, it is also considered a gastric stimulant in humans. It aids in the movement of material out of the digestive system, including food and infection, while reducing muscle tightness and inducing overall relaxation. Catnip herbal extract is a traditional medicine for treating and preventing hives in children and it is known to reduce the eruption of measles and chickenpox, as well as reducing any accompanying fever. Catnip is also helpful for breaking up mucus in the respiratory tract and so is useful for bronchitis sufferers. It is believed to have antimicrobial properties, which may reduce the symptoms of flu, especially those related to the digestive tract. Catnip has been used topically for arthritis, hemorrhoids and soft tissue injuries. It is also helpful in providing relief from menstrual cramps and sore muscles. Catnip has a diuretic effect which will help increase urine flow and reduce the risk of water retention. It also stimulates menstrual flow as it is a natural emmenagogue. Catnip is also an astringent and can be applied externally to cuts and scrapes to stop bleeding and promote healing. The combination of Catnip with Fennelhas long been used as a remedy for colic and teething difficulties in children. Other Catnip effects include helping to restore appetite in those who are recovering from illness and has been used in the treatment of anorexia. Another of the benefits of Catnip herbal tincture is it repels mosquitos and cockroaches because of the presence of nepetalactone and can be applied to the skin to avoid mosquito bites.
Catnip is a nervous system “calmative” and used as a muscle relaxer. It is known to calm the body and reduce restlessness, stress, tension, and hyperactivity. For children, it can be highly effective in coping with ADHD. Since Catnip is known to excite cats, this may seem a different use for the herbal remedy but it has a very calming effect on the ADHD brain. Catnip extracts contain chemicals that mimic the effects of valepotriates in Valerian. These chemicals may improve mental focus, reduce distractions and enhance learning retention. Catnip may also induce sleep, which may help to reduce hyperactivity and lack of focus.
As a calmative and nervine, Catnip has a calming effect on the nervous system. It is believed to relax tight muscles, generally inducing relaxation and relieving stress, nervous anxiety, tension, stress, depression, excitability, heart palpitations, hysteria, and even used in the past in cases of insanity. Catnip strengthens the nerves, giving it the ability to treat shaking and convulsions associated with nervous system disorders. It is also thought to reduce nervous hives.
Catnip is not only restricted to mental disorders, but it is also helpful for sleep disorders like insomnia and many respond quite well to this herb. It has been reported to induce sleep in humans and a general state of calm without producing after-effects the following day. It is often used for children to help them sleep or settle them down.
Catnip has a long history of treating disorders of the digestive system. As a digestive aid, the herb is said to promote gastric juices that stimulate the digestive process and the movement of food and infection out of the digestive tract. It is also said to pep up the appetite, ease dyspepsia, bloating, expel gas, calm an upset stomach, ease nervous indigestion and colic, aiding stress-related digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and alleviating stomach acid. Used in an enema it can cleanse and heal the lower bowel. Catnip is also said to help mitigate symptoms of nausea and diarrhea. Catnip is believed to have antimicrobial properties, which may help reduce the symptoms of flu, especially those related to the digestive tract.
Catnip is believed to have astringent and antibiotic properties that are often used by herbalists in treating a bronchial infection. Some of the herb’s uses remain timeless, however, especially its ability to treat colds, and other viral infections, coughs, asthma, pneumonia and sore throat. It acts as a natural decongestant and can play a very important role in alleviating chest congestion that occurs at the onset of respiratory ailments. Some people with commonly occurring asthma swear by its ability to reduce breathing difficulties. Catnip is believed to be an antispasmodic that will help to relieve chronic coughing. It can even help those suffering from hay fever by reducing the symptoms suffered during an attack.
As a diaphoretic, Catnip is thought to be effective in treating feverish illnesses. The herb promotes perspiration without increasing body temperature, which helps to lower fever and rid the body of toxins through the skin. Some also combine it with Garlic because of Garlic’s ability to fight infections, together they make a powerful enema.
For centuries it has been considered “highly popular with the good ladies who deal in simples”, as it combats all possible irregularities connected with periods including menstrual cramps, tension, headaches, abdominal pains and other PMS symptoms. Catnip encourages menstruation in women with irregular periods and some believe it was also used to provoke menstruation in a type of early abortion. It can increase tone in the uterus and stimulate activities of all principal organs in the body. Cautious ingestion of this herbal tincture can help to prevent miscarriage and premature birth, even to decrease the effects of morning sickness.
As a mild anodyne, Catnip is thought to relieve overall pain, including headaches (particularly associated with nerves). Its sedative action on the nerves adds to its generally relaxing properties and is a useful herbal remedy for migraine headaches.
Catnip has been included in liniments for arthritis and rheumatic conditions. Catnip extract may help reduce the swelling from a person suffering from arthritis, rheumatism and other inflammatory conditions. It has been shown to be effective when used as in enema for the treatment of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Catnip’s pain relieving properties have been used for easing the discomforts of a toothache, teething, sprains, soft tissue injuries, and bruises.
As a topical pain reliever Catnip extracts help ailments such as measles and chickenpox. It has disinfectant properties, which also helps to ease the itching of insect stings and bites, the sting of scalds and burns and can even help ease the symptoms of hemorrhoids. It also effectively repels insects, and according to as a study in 2001, the chemical nepetalactone that gives Catnip its strong scent repels mosquitos 10 times more effectively than DEET, the compound used in most commercial bug sprays.
Ingredients: Catnip Leaf, Distilled Water, 30% Alcohol.
Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice, water, under the tongue, or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool, dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Contraindications: Currently, there are no known warnings or contraindications with the use of Catnip Herbal Supplement. Although Catnip effects on humans speak volumes about the health benefits, pregnant women should not take Catnip in any form. This is because it induces contractions of the uterus, which may cause miscarriage