Catnip is a very soothing herb and can be safely used for infants and
children, but it must be in a much smaller amount.
It is a member of the mint family, and contains natural trace minerals and
vitamins. Catnip nutritionally supports both the nervous and immune systems. The
leaves are used in this product. Catnip is a native of the milder parts of
Europe but it has been naturalised to other countries as well.
Catnip may produce perspiration without raising the temperature,
(diaphoretic) thus leading to its use for colds. It also has antipyretic
properties which enables the reducing of a high temperature.
I have used it for a baby relative as a drink for colic and it worked very
well. You simply empty a capsule and disolve the powder with hot boiled water.
Steep for a while. It is then necessary to filter it through a coffee filter to
get all remaining grains out, as otherwise it blocks the teat. (plus it is not
pleasant to have grains in the mouth) Mix a small portion of this mixture
with water and keep the remainder in the frig in case another drink is needed.
Sweeten with a little honey. This tastes nice as a warm drink.
An older chilld may be able to swallow a capsule or drink the mixture. It
still needs filtering if drunk from a cup, or tip off the top clear fluid into
another cup and leave any residue behind.
But please see precautions near the bottom of the page.You would not give
any herb to a child or baby who is on drugs without consultation with
your health professional.
In general, about catnip and cats. It is said that not all cats are attracted
to the plant as not all have inherited the gene responsible for that response.
They also do not eat the plant but only chew it to crush it and release the
chemical "nepetalactone" and enjoy the smell. So it is not a wise move to give
cats catnip as a nuitritional aid. They probably would not eat it anyway no
matter how it is disguised. Also, it acts as a stimulant for the cats. (not a
calming type action as in humans).
Common names: Fieldbalm, catmint, catnep, catrup, catwort.
See precautions below please.