Catmint 1

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Catmint 2

Catmint

Spreading plant with ovate heart shaped grey-green leaves, bearing small blue tubular flowers in whorls in summer Leaves can be used in teas and salads and the flowers for garnish. Perennial. H:30cm W:spread. 12cm, 17cm


 

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In the garden:

Growth Characteristics:
•Perennial, Evergreen, Frost hardy,
•Blue or White flowers.

Height:
±40 cm; Spread: ±30 cm.

Cultivation:
•Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.

Harvesting:
•Pick fresh leaves throughout the year.

Companion Planting:
•Attracts: Bees

 

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Culinary use:

Catmint leaves and flowers:
•Once a popular salad ingredient, and drunk as tea before China tea was introduced to the West,
•Rub on meat to flavour.

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Medicinal use:

Catmint may be beneficial in the following cases, especially for children:

General
•Contains Vitamin C.

Metabolism
•Early stages of fever. Induces sleep and perspiration but does not increase body temperature.

Nervous System
•Restlessness, hyperactivity, convulsions, hysteria with crying and violent twisting of the trunk, Physical results of emotional disturbance,
•Headaches,
•Mild sedative, Insomnia.

Lymphatic System
•Middle ear infection.

Respiratory System
•Sinuses, Colds, Influenza, Congestion of the respiratory organs.

Digestive system
•Colic, Indigestion

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Insect repallant

Repellant for:
•Aphids, Potato beetle, Squash bug, Rats.