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Cure Yourself with Ancient Aztec Herb and Plant Remedies

Catnip - Hierba del Gato
(Nepeta cataria)

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    Parts used and where grown:

    The catnip plant grows in North America and Europe. The leaves and flowers are used as medicine. Historical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies): Catnip is famous for inducing a delirious, stimulated state in felines. Throughout history, this herb has been used in humans to produce a sedative effect. Catnip tea was a regular beverage in England before the introduction of tea from China. Several other conditions (including cancer, toothache, corns, and hives) have been treated with catnip by traditional herbalists.

    Active constituents: The essential oil in catnip contains a monoterpene similar to the valepotriates found in valerian, an even more widely renowned sedative. Animal studies (except those involving cats) have found it to increase sleep. The monoterpenes also help with coughs.

    Are there any side effects or interactions? Using reasonable amounts, no side effects with catnip have been noted.

    At the time of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions with catnip.

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Properties Used by Aztec's

    Anti Diarrhea,
    Useful for Convulsions Resulting from Depressive State of Body,
    Asthenia or Spring Fatigue,
    Hysteria in Women such as Palpitations,
    Vague Pains in Certain Regions.

Aztec Method of Use

Take 2 cups of the mixture of 25 grams of catnip to 1/4 liter of water.

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CAUTION: This presentation is not a guide to the identification of plants or their use as a substitute for standard medical treatments. Many plants with medicinal properties are also toxic and frequently FATAL if taken at incorrect dosages or if not prepared in a specific fashion. We do not advocate the consumption of reputed medicinal plant products without prior consultation with your physician or other natural plant products professional. Consult Your Physician Before Using a Herbal Remedy!


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