catnip

CatnipMinty, spicy, peppery flavor.

Although widely known as a cat aphrodisiac, catnip also has other uses.

Young shoots can be used in salads.  Used in rubs on meats, especially lamb.   Flowers and leaves go well with veggies, chicken, mushrooms and pasta.  Add at end of cooking.

A favorite to attract bees.

Repels flea beetles and rats.

 

 

growing

 

ANNUAL – Can also be grown as a HOUSEPLANT in a sunny window

FULL SUN or LIGHT SHADE  (Most fragrant in full sun)

Plant in well drained soil and water when dry

Cut plant halfway to the ground several times during the season to promote bushiness

 

harvesting

 

Harvest leaves, stems & flowers at any time. Does not store well once cut.

Dry in cool, dark place so leaves don’t turn brown. Store in air-tight opaque container.

Cats will be entertained by either fresh or dried leaves.

 

health-uses

 

Contains Vitamin C.  Also contains citronella which has antiviral properties.

Colds – tea reduces fever and relieves cold symptoms.

Digestive Aid – tea relieves nausea and indigestion,  Stimulates digestion.

Nervous System – tea relieves anxiety and calm nerves.

Headaches – tea relieves tension headaches.

Sleep Aid – tea promotes sleep.

 

recipes

 

Tea – Steep two teaspoons of leaves and/or flowers in a cup of boiling water

 

 

 

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