Catnip for Kids

By | April 29, 2014

Catnip Herb ImageNepita cataria
This herb is a favorite with children of all ages. It’s calming effects are safe and effective for even the youngest of babes, helping to relieve symptoms of colic, fever, toothache, and diarrhea. An infusion of the fresh leaves and flowers sweetened with honey will soothe a feverish child and promote sleep.

This herb is easy to grow from seeds in early spring. It makes a nice border plant that attracts bees as well as cats! It needs well-drained soil and prefers full sun. Dry the leaves by hanging the stems upside down in a well-ventilated place.

A Fun Project for Kids…

Cat Toys!

Stitch together a small pouch of durable fabric and fill with dried catnip leaves. It’s helpful to powder the herbs in a grinder first. This prevents your cat from being poked by stems and lets the herb seep out better through the fabric. Cats go crazy for this herb and will get hours of enjoyment from these treats.(Many people make mouse shapes, but balls are nice too cause they roll well and give a euphoric cat something to chase!)

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