"Smoke her out of the house kicks creeping reptiles,
And they say that wine, if you drink, hiccups banish;
The same method is often dampens appetence love ... "
("On the properties of herbs" about catnip. Odo of Mena XI century)

There is in the nature of such a plant, which is very fond of cats, and it benefits their health. But not for nothing, perhaps, say that all women are inherently cats. Maybe there is some truth. Anyway, catnip is very useful for health and beauty of the beautiful half of humanity. And the language of flowers represents catnip maternal care.

Catmint - Nepeta cataria   - A perennial herb of the family yasnotkovyh. Common names: Field balm, scented Shandra, matoshnik, cat grass, cat drink, lemon catnip, catnip mint, koshechnik ...

Root have catnip woody and branched. Stem pubescent up to 40-80 cm tall. The leaves are gray-green, pubescent, pointed, with large teeth on edge. Pale blue or white flowers clustered at the ends of branches in the inflorescence in the form of clusters. Flowering mint cat in June - July. All plant smells good and is a good honey plant. Fruit - brown nut in the form of ellipse, it ripens in July and August.

Catnip grows in Europe, including the European part of Russia, Siberia, the Caucasus, South-West and East Asia. It can be found on riverbanks, vacant lots, among shrubs, along the roads, in fields and gardens.

Catnip grown more ancient Egyptians, who dedicated this herb with the goddess Bast cat's head and gave her cats living at the temple of the goddess. Nowadays catnip is cultivated in the United States and Canada.

In order to use medicinal herb cat tops, cut during flowering with flowers and leaves - 8-10 cm long. Dried raw material under a canopy outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.

 Medicinal properties of catnip
Catnip herb contains vitamins - A, B1, B2, C, essential oil, tannins, a large number of trace elements, tannins and terpenes.

Catnip used in folk medicine since ancient times. Modern folk medicine uses the infusions and decoctions of this herb.

- Preparations of the grass cat improve immunity, endurance, strengthen the nervous and cardiovascular systems, apply them in diseases of the liver, anemia, anemia, gastrointestinal diseases, coughing, headaches, nervousness, hysteria, depression, gynecology.

- As a sedative for insomnia and decoctions drink at night.

- Catnip has a pronounced antimicrobial action, so externally decoction of cat grass is used as an antiseptic for abscesses, boils, eczema, scabies, acne.

- Broth
1 dessert spoon herb brew 1 cup of boiled water, in an enamel saucepan, 2:00 under the lid, drain. Inside take on the 1st. spoon 3 times a day for 30 minutes before eating. Topically in the form of lotions and compresses.

Cosmetic properties of catnip
In cosmetics, herbal teas and infusions used for washing.

- 1 tbsp. spoon to brew 1 cup boiling water, leave for half an hour, drain, wash morning and evening.

- For oily skin
1 tbsp. spoon broth mixed with beaten egg and chicken ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to the skin or put gauze soaked in a mixture. After 10 minutes, wash with water at room temperature.

- If you have dry skin
1 tbsp. spoon broth mixed with chicken egg yolk and 1 tbsp. spoonful of soft cheese, mix well, apply on face for 10 minutes. Wash off with a swab dipped in the broth catnip, 5 minutes wash water at room temperature.

- Toning Mask
Turn catnip herb puree can be made on the blender and mix it well it with the same amount of yogurt and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature.

- For skin rejuvenation
Mix the crushed leaves of catnip with crushed Hercules 1: 1 and add as much yogurt as to obtain a creamy mass. Apply on face for 10 minutes. Rinse with tepid brew green tea, 5 minutes to wipe the face with ice or cool water to wash.

Magic catnip
The dried leaves are large catnip once used as bookmarks in the magical books.

Catnip leaves come in many recipes for love potions. The simplest of them - tea with the addition to the usual tea leaves 1 teaspoon in a teapot. Drink together with the object of passion.

The tea to be sure add 1 teaspoon per cup of tea.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva