The Cat-Gardening Chronicles (15)

Share your popcorn with your Kitty and she will tell you more about Catnip for humans!



Cat-gardeners are those who talk more than plant cuttings or weed and if you expect them to dig out slugs and snails, think again! But we can share some secrets about catnip so dear to us, with humans.

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Did you know that catnip has been reported to work well in treatment of iron-deficiency anemia, menstrual and uterine disorders and dyspepsia in humans? They also use it as a gentle calming medicine.

According to Weiner’s Herbal it has been given to patients in the form of an infusion, injection, and even as a bath medicine! Humans have drunk it to treat chronic cough, and chewed it to heal toothache!


Even better, it has been used to heal colic in babies! This is how it is used by herbal doctors: about half ounce of catnip leaves to one pint of water. Water boiled separately and poured over the plant material and steeped 5-10 minutes. Drunk hot or warm. One to two cups per day, at bedtime and upon awakening.


We gobble up the powdered leaves quickly before the other one grabs our share! Then there are a few cats who walk away from it as if it is a vegetable that someone is trying to make them have!


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Catnip bores me! What’s all the fuss about that?!!!

This herbal also gives us this lesser known old remedy of using rose buds and petals (which are a rich source of vitamin C) as a tonic. How to use: take half an ounce of buds and petals to one pint of water.


Boil water separately and pour over the plant material and steep for around 20 minutes. Drunk hot or warm.One to 2 cups or more per day, at bedtime and upon awakening.


The papaya is a delicious fruit for humans and grows almost on its own in any garden. Its leaves were used medicinally as a dressing for wounds by the American Indians. They also wrapped meat in them to make the flesh more tender. Eat up one ripe papaya to deal with constipation! Everyone knows that right?



Here is a mysterious treat for your cat using catnip!

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One tablespoon butter

One teaspoon anchovy paste

2 cups popped popcorn

one tablespoon grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

one teaspoon brewer’s yeast, optional


In a small pan, melt the butter or margarine

And add the anchovy paste. Stir to mix thoroughly. Put the popcorn in a large bowl and toss it with the butter mixture. Your hands are the best tool for this job. Sprinkle the cheese and brewer’s yeast over the popcorn and toss. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Serve at room temperature.

From: Cat Nips! Feline Cuisine by Rick & Martha Reynolds





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