Uses for Catnip; Beyond Your Cat!
If you’ve ever had a cat that you’ve given catnip to, the reaction might be quite comical. I once had a package of catnip that came with a toy for my cat, and I put it on top of the fridge. My cat was mild mannered, I didn’t think anything of it. That was until I came home and it was all over the kitchen floor! Yup, he found it and had a ball. My current cat eats the fresh leaves as we have some growing outside, but it doesn’t effect her in any big way, but she loves it just the same! That’s totally normal; not all cats respond to catnip; vets suggest about 60% of them have a behavioral reaction to it. Does yours?
Ever wondered what catnip is? It’s part of the mint family, and if you’ve ever smelled the fresh leaves, you know it. Very fragrant! The actual plant has velvety grayish-green leaves with white flowers, but for cats, it’s usually sold dried & crumbled. BUt guess what? It’s not just for cats! Extracts of the plant have been used for centuries to soothe various ailments. Let’s take a look at some of the medicinal uses for #catnip!
It’s a Pain reliever:
And it can be taken orally to relieve headaches, including migraines, toothaches, or pain associated with injuries
It’s an anti-inflammatory:
And can be used orally and/or topically to reduce swelling from arthritis, soft tissue injuries, or hemorrhoids
Use it as a muscle relaxer:
Either orally or topically to relax and soothe aching muscles
It’s been long used to fight insomnia and prevent nightmares
It can lessen nervousness and anxiety
It can be used topically to prevent infection
As a digestive aid:
It can be taken orally to soothe an upset or painful stomach
And as an insect repellent:
In its pure form, studies show catnip is more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes, cockroaches, and termites.
Some things to keep in mind, and it’s really easy to grow! You could grow it year round in the house, and you could also dry it for your cat! Everybody wins. 🙂