~ Catnip or Catmint, "Nepeta cataria", has been used in alternative medicine for a long time. It contains many health beneficial constituents, including Nepetalic acid, Nepetalactone, Limonene, Citronella, Acetic acid, Butyric acid, Valeric acid and Tannin. The leaves and flowering tops are strongly antispasmodic, diaphoretic, sedative, slightly stimulant, stomachic and tonic.
Catnip is used as an herbal remedy for treating disorders of the digestive system and, as it stimulates sweating, it is useful in reducing fevers. Mild catnip tea is used to relieve colic in babies, restlessness and nervousness. Stronger Catnip tea relieves fevers due to colds and flu, while increasing perspiration which helps the infection to leave the body faster. It is also known to calm the stomach and preventing nausea and diarrhoea.
~ Lemon Balm, "Melissa officinalis", has been used for centuries around the world for its soothing properties. Lemon balm is highly valued because of its many applications as a natural treatment for a variety of health issues, including soothing effects on the nervous system, treatment of insomnia and stress as well as heightened longevity. It is calming on the stomach as digestive system and helps treat nausea, vomiting and poor appetite.
A herb of many used, that also is known to enhance liver and gallbladder function, while also relax menstrual cramps and irritability related to PMS and act as a natural antidepressant and sedative. When taken as a hot infusion (tea) it may reduce fever and help treat infections and coughs.
To one cup of boiling water add roughly two teaspoons of dried herb or two tablespoons of fresh herbs and let steep for 5-10 minutes or until preferred flavour.
Please contact me if you want to purchase some herbal tea from me, I grow all herbs at home in my garden and dry them in my kitchen before storing them. A healing herbal tea before bed is the best part of my day!
However I am careful of Chamomile these days, as last time I drank it I slept for over ten hours and was struggling to wake up. Overly sensitive is my name! Who needs sleeping pills when you have herbs! smile emoticon
~ Namaste ~