Catnip's not just for kittens

Aug 5, 2013


This week on master herbalist Mary Colvin's blog, she writes of the medicinal uses for catnip — beyond the obvious feline attraction.

"Catmint tea was used extensively in Europe before the use of tea from China for its many beneficial properties and pleasant taste. It was grown in the garden as an attractive plant, for medicine, and as a deterrent to rats!"

For more details, uses, history and recipes, click HERE.



Catnip also repels mosquitoes.
"Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET — the compound used in most commercial insect repellents."
"5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants"