Catnip is one of those wild herbs that everyone thinks is off limits. I’ve been around catnip all my life and until the past few years I knew it to tame the most demonic barn cats on the farm.
After Tom Brown taught me about catnip, there was no going back. Catnip is now a staple in my herb cabinet. It has many properties that humans can benefit from. It is a powerful herb that heals cramps, calms upset stomachs, and eases headaches and mood swings. Tom Brown has used catnip in sweat lodge ceremonies to induce sweat to clean the pores of any dirt, oil, or minor follicle infection. He also says that for a soothing relaxing tea use the tiny leaves below the developing flower heads that have been dried, and steep for twenty minutes.
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I use catnip in a blend of tea for when PMS turns me into a monster. The tea is called, rightly so, “Conquer the Bitch.” It is a blend of catnip, peppermint, spearmint, chamomile and other herbs. Catnip is great for Modern Pagans and Witch’s as well. It is used to promote beauty, cat magic, familiars, friendship, happiness, invisibility, and love.
Our dogs on the farm loved catnip too and would roll around in it just like the cats. My rescue cats now apparently had never had organic wild catnip before, which was more than a treat for them. I brought them back some catnip from a walk in our woods and they… went… crazy! These two elderly cats (9 and 17) meowed like it was the end of the world and stood on their hind paws the second I walked through the door.
Tom Brown’s Guide To Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants
I really love this book and really loved the series. My husband was originally introduced to this book from the Ukrainian Boy Scouts. This book has a lot of really great information in it. Tom Browns Guide To Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants is written more like a story. Tom Brown talks to his grandfather, not metaphorical grandfather, it’s his actual grandfather. His grandfather has all of this information about medicinal herbs, how to find them and use them. His grandfather goes into the spiritual connection with the plants too, and I thought that was really interesting. I really like the balance of the spirituality aspects of the plants and the medicinal knowledge.
The book also shows you how to forage for plants and what to look for in the area. One of the first herbs that I really got to know was mullein. In this book there’s a description, the personality of the plant (kind of like the spirituality side that I mentioned), where you can find it, whether or not it can be used for food and then it’s medicinal properties.
I think that Tom Brown’s Guide To Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants is a really great book if you want a gentle way into learning about medicinal plants.