Thursday, June 2, 2011
Crazy for Catnip
The reason I became an herbalist was so that I could help educate others on alternatives to western medication. Don't get me wrong, I think modern medicine is great, but sometimes you just need an alternative, an alternative without side effects, something that is all natural. I have failed you guys, F-A-I-L-E-D!!! I haven't done any articles educating about herbs.
(Raising my right hand) I vow that I will be better about sharing different herbs. I promise to occasionally featuring an herb or essential oil.
For starters I will choose catnip. You may be saying to yourself, "seriously, catnip? you mean the Mary Jane, wacky tobacky, bud, grass, pot, herb, indo, killaz, Smoke, dankity dank, diggety dank, purple kush, purp slurp, white widow, white rhino, cannabis, canny banny, left handed tobacco, sativa, blueberry yum-yum, the drug for cats?"
When I have an upset stomach, I just pick a few leaves off my plant, chew them a little and swallow. Warning: It does not taste good! I had a friend over, she had an upset stomach, so I gave her a few leaves to eat, soon after I found her practically throwing up in the garbage (she was expecting it to taste good). Since then, I have harvested and dried the catnip leaves to put into capsules. We make a catnip tincture for the kids, the glycerin makes it taste good to them, and it is easier for them to swallow than the capsules. Catnip should be avoided when pregnant.
I have a catnip plant growing like crazy in my window. It is super easy to grow and to harvest. So go ahead, next time you have a stomach ache, instead of looking in the medicine cabinet, try a little catnip.