Catnip has really taken over around here so I want to understand it a bit better.
Of course the kitty's love it. It is awesome to add to tea blends for a subtle mellowing effect. And so much more!
Here is what I found out:
Catnip: Nepeta cataria
Said to helps digestion, relaxation, antimicrobial, helpful with cramps, it is a tonic.
Also is antifungal and an insect repellant. Bees love it!
I love herbs that show that they really want to be here! I planted a small plant a couple of years ago and since then it just keeps spreading on its own. Now it is all over the place! The goats don't eat it, so it does not need to be in the fenced garden.
I've been using catnip in teas for a long time. I think I'll experiment with using it as a culinary spice and see how that goes.