Catnip leaves can be used at any stage in its maturity. To harvest, simply clip leaves and collect. Leaves can be dried or given fresh. Similar to mint, harvest from the growth tips to encourage bushy structure and many leaves.
Catnip is a cousin to mint and native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Latin name is derived from Neptic, an ancient Etruruan city where it was cultivated. Historically it has been used in medicinal teas before large importation of Chinese tea made its way across Europe.
Catnip works its magic by producing Nepetalactone, the chemical that excites our feline friends. Some have reported stimulating effects while others report sedation.
Give catnip to your furry feline friends and watch them enjoy! It is unclear if catnip is safe for humans: small amounts taken orally or by tea have not yielded negative effects, but large quantities taken orally, or any quantity smoked, is potentially hazardous.
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