Besides Driving Your Cat Crazy!
Crystal Maceira, CBP, LMT, MH
January – February 2023 • Vol 4, No 2
Catnip — isn’t that the stuff you put in a sock or something to be entertained while watching cats go nuts playing with it? I got to thinking about this herb after a customer (a doctor) bought several bottles at a time and he sent quite a few customers to us to purchase their own. I’d forgotten just how indispensable this herb was!
This herb has been around for a long time and is considered an old, household remedy. Some of the common names for Catnip are cat mint, catsup and field balm. Therapeutic actions: aromatic, relaxant, diffusive, stimulant, emmenogogue (stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus), antispasmodic, nervine, sedative, carminative (prevents formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract), anodyne (painkiller), antacid, and a refrigerant. The main nutrients in this herb are calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, and zinc.
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