Catnip (Nepeta cataria), a member of the mint family, is not just for our feline friends. It is useful for us as well. But it works in the opposite way for us.
For cats, it gets them all excited and energized. For us people, it calms us down. It works wonders for calming kids down in the later part of the day to help them go to bed.
Catnip supports immune function, relaxes muscle spasms and cramps associated with digestion and infant colic.
In one study, nepetalactone, an essential oil found in catnip, was found to be about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET!
I foraged this plant in central Minnesota.
NOTE: in a 1 oz bottle with a dropper.
Tinctures are meant to be used as medicine in small amounts. Add 10-20 drops to your tea, juice, water or directly into your mouth when needed.
Dosages for children are not provided in most herbals. To determine the correct dose you need to consider the size of the child, the ailment, the power of the herb you intend to use, and the adult dosage.
Young's Rule for determining dosage uses the child's age divided by twelve plus the age. The dosage for a 4 year old:
4/12+4 = 4/16 = 1/4 of the adult dose.
I use the folk method for making all my tinctures, which uses no measurements except sizing things up with your eyes. So I put the plant material in a jar and then fill with alcohol.
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