As with everything we sell on our Ecofarm, this catnip is organic and wild foraged on our chemical free property. Whether you are using it for treats for your feline friend, or making medicinal tea, you can be sure you are getting the healthiest herb available. We use this for treats for our own cats, and also in our own medicinal tea blends and offer the same hand collected dried herb to you. Our catnip is picked at the peak in August, when its flowers are in bloom, for ultimate taste and scent. It is harvested and quickly dried and retains its lovely scent and color, you can visibly see and taste the freshness.
Cats- Nepeta cataria is the true catnip that is loved by house cats. Nepetalactone is the active ingredient that affects most cats. Make your own cat toys or if you would like, order one of ours, your cats are sure to love them!
Functional Uses- As a medicinal herb, catnip leaves have been used (fresh or dried) for making an herbal tea that reportedly helps reduce anxiety, induce sleep, promote perspiration (fever/cold relief), soothe sore throats (cough suppressant) and comfort upset stomachs. The tea should be infused in a closed container in order to preserve the essential oils, boiling is said to spoil it. Catmint has a long history of use as a household herbal remedy, being employed especially in treating disorders of the digestive system and, as it stimulates sweating, it is useful in reducing fevers. The herbs pleasant taste and gentle action makes it suitable for treating colds, flu and fevers in children. It is more effective when used in conjunction with elder flower (Sambucus nigra). The leaves and flowering tops are strongly antispasmodic, antitussive, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, slightly emmenagogue, refrigerant, sedative, slightly stimulant, stomachic and tonic. An infusion produces free perspiration, it is considered to be beneficial in the treatment of fevers and colds. It is also very useful in the treatment of restlessness and nervousness, being very useful as a mild nervine for children. A tea made from the leaves can also be used. The infusion is also applied externally to bruises, especially black eyes.
Culinary- As a culinary herb, fresh leaves (minty flavor) may be chopped and added to soups, stews, sauces, vegetables, or pasta.
Pest repellant- A strong infusion can be used to repel fleas from carpets or the fur of animals
I practice ethical wildcrafting and forage primarily on our chemical-free, organic ecofarm property. I am also a formally trained clinical herbalist. I have been foraging for many years and am certified and authorized by the State Health Department and Department of Agriculture to sell foraged mushrooms. We offer many mushrooms throughout the year including Morels, Chanterelles, Chaga, Black Trumpets, Turkey Tail, Lobster, Reishi, King Boletes, Lions Mane, Blewits, Milkies, Puffballs, Oysters, Chicken of the Woods and Honeys. We forage many kinds of wild Pennsylvania and New York Mushrooms and offer dried, fresh, tinctures, powders, teas, handmade mushroom inspired jewelry and gifts for the mycologist and mushroom lover in your life. We also forage many kinds of wild nuts including hickory and walnut. I am able to wildcraft many wild edible plants throughout the year including ramps and leeks, elderberry, medicinal plants and more. If there is something specific you are looking for, let me know.