heal

Heal your mind and gut with catnip

Monday, December 06, 2010 by: Lindsay Chimileski
Tags: catnip, volatile oils, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Catnip is famous for driving our feline friends wild but it has many benefits for us humans as well. Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is part of the Laminaceae mint family. Many of the mint family herbs, including Catnip, contain volatile oils. These volatile oils, such as carvacrol and thymol, make the Mint family powerful antibacterials and antiseptics. Catnip is fondly deemed "Baby mint" because it has these effects but it's still very gentle. Catnip is also used as a cold and flu remedy because it is a diaphoretic. Beyond these traditional uses, it can be extremely beneficial to the human mind and gastrointestinal tract as well.

Catnip has nervine and calming properties. Nepetalactone is the constituent responsible for this effect. Although known for its psychoactive effect on cats, there is controversy over its hallucinogenic properties on humans as well. In cats, the Nepetalacatone triggers a stimulating response, likely related to pheromones. In humans however, Nepetalactone has a sedative effect. It is similar to the sedative components of Valerian. It can help ease tension and anxiety. Too many Americans are overworked and overstressed. It is essential to return the mind to a calm and steady state if we want to return the body to one. Because of this calming effect, it can be exceptionally favorable in treating insomnia as well. A mixture of half catnip and half chamomile tea before bed is both beneficial and delicious!

Catnip is also a valuable carminative, aiding in digestion and GI disorders in many ways. It soothes the gut wall, helps ease maldigestion, relieves flatulence and colic, and can be a great remedy for diarrhea in children. Nepeta cataria also has tannins, which are responsible for its astringent qualities. The tannins can help speed up repair of the intestinal mucosa as well. It has anticatarrhal properties as well, so it can help treat disorders related to excess mucus in the GI tract. Catnip is also a moderate antispasmodic, relieving muscle tensions and aiding in the treatment of abdominal pain.

Catnip has many desirable effects but it is still gentle. It is not too warming or cooling so it can be beneficial to all constitutions. This enables it to be a potential treatment for both children and the chronically sick who could not withstand harsher options. Catnip can also be used to treat morning sickness. It has a subtle taste and is a nice alternative when other pungent flavored herbs are not desired.

Always consult a doctor before initiating or changing any treatment plan.

Sources

Noe, J. (2010). Botanical Medicine I. Digestive Herbs Lecture. University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Hoffman, D. (2003) Medical Herbalism. Burlington, Vermont: Healing Arts Press.

Lewis, W., Elvin-Lewis. (1977) Medical Botany: Plants affecting man's health. New York; John Wiley & Sons Inc.

http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.c....

Ritchson, J. (1995) The Little Herb Encyclopedia. Pleasant Grove, Utah: Woodland Health


About the author

Lindsay Chimileski: I am a graduate medical student currently pursuing dual degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture, expecting to graduate in 2013. I have a passion for health education, patient empowerment and the restoration of balance, both on the individual and communal level. I believe all can learn how to live happily, in harmony with nature and in ways that support the body's innate ability to heal itself.
Please note: I am not a doctor and not giving any medical advice, just spreading the word of natural living, and the pressing health revolution.
http://blossomingconsciousness.com/

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.