Catnip: it’s not just for driving your kitty a little crazy.
Although its use as a cat crazy-maker is probably the first thing that comes to mind for many, catnip (Nepeta cataria) is actually a useful medicinal plant. Historically, it has been used for a variety of childhood ailments including cough, asthma, and colic. Indeed, research has found its chemical constituents to have spasmolytic and bronchodilatory properties which provide support for this traditional use (see resources below). There’s also evidence for its use as a mosquito repellant which is why I include it in my homemade Bug-a-Bye.
Traditionally, catnip is also chosen to gently lower a fever, settle a tummy, and for its nervine (calming) properties that can help ease little teethers (and their mothers). Catnip, along with chamomile, is an excellent choice to help get through the moodiness that comes along with teething. Baby LF’s molars are coming in right now and she is certainly letting me know!
I’ve been making Baby LF these really easy catnip teethers by dipping washcloths in catnip tea and freezing them. She loves gnawing on them! Plus, they’re really easy to make. Continue reading