Catnip (nepeta cataria) is a perennial herb that causes many cats to become excited,
but sniffing the fragrant flowers and foliage won't give your cat a fuzzy head.
Coupled with smelling catnip, you will probably find cats will also jump in it,
roll in it, eat it, lick it, drooling with pure pleasure. Since this herb is harmless
to them, there is no reason to deprive your pets of the pleasure. Cattisfaction
Tip: Catnip sprinkled on their food will aid digestion.
It's not only cats who can enjoy catnip herb. For instance, the leaves, steeped
in boiling water and sweetened with honey, make a soothing tea (not recommended
for pregnant women). Its relaxing properties can help soothe pain, nervousness,
tension and headaches. And dried catnip leaves can be slipped into a pillowcase
to help soothe you to sleep.
Catnip is a member of the mint family, and being a perennial it will come back every
year from a single planting. It will also self-seed, giving you lots of baby plants.
This is a pretty plant, growing to three feet or more, with bluish flowers in mid-summer.
Grow in full sun to part shade.
Catnip needs to be protected when the plant is small, plants left to grow at ground
level soon get chomped away to nothing, some cats will bite off the leaves or even
pull up the whole plant. For this reason, to prevent my cat from ravaging the young
catnip plants before they have chance to grow, I use decorative, border edging,
low wire fencing around the vulnerable plants, it's excellent for the purpose.
It's said that catnip grown near or around your home attracts good luck. And that
the magical use of the herb is love, animal contacts, happiness, and beauty. In
addition, give catnip to your cat to create a psychic bond between you.
Sow and grow catnip - cats have a passion for this herb.
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