Catmint Herbal Remedy

Catmint’s botanical name is Nepeta cataria. Plants in this category include Catnip, True Catnip, Catmint or Field Balm.

It is also commonly referred to as Catnep. The herb is cultivated in Britain and USA.

The part used is its leaves and flowering tops. They are collected between July and September. The plant is in full bloom in August.

It is said to be good at alleviating:

  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhoea
  • Colic

    It is also helpful in preventing:

  • Miscarriages
  • Premature births
  • Morning sickness

    As a herbal remedy, the plants are used as relaxants, nervines, sedatives, and as antispasmodics. They can also alleviate symptoms such as insomnia, stress, menstrual cramps and gut cramps.

    Catnep tea is helpful in alleviating fever. It induces sleep and promotes perspiration without increasing the heat of the system. The tea also relieves headache and hysteria.

    The herb should always be infused. Boiling spoils it. Its qualities are volatile: therefore, cover it up after you make it.

    Catnip promotes sweating when taken as a hot infusion. To prepare the infusion, pour a cup of boiling water onto two teaspoonfuls of the dried herb. Leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes, strain it, and drink it. Drink it up to three times a day.

    As tincture, take 2-4 ml of the catmint tincture three times a day.