When anxiety takes hold, you’d do anything to make it stop.
It’s like a four-alarm fire raging inside your head…
And it’s going to take more than “thinking happy thoughts” to put it out.
Fortunately, there’s an herb that’s been providing a sense of peace to stressed-out folks… for CENTURIES.
You’ve surely seen its relaxing effects at work… and in spades.
Just watch what happens when you give this sacred plant to your cat!
The cat’s pajamas
If you’ve ever had a kitty companion, you’re probably more than familiar with catnip (Nepeta cataria).
A member of the mint family, catnip (or “catmint”) is known for its two fold effects on our feline friends…
When cats sniff the potent aroma – thanks to its concentration of volatile oils, like nepetalactone – it can stimulate their appetite and send them running all over the house.
But when they EAT catnip, they can settle into a state of blissful calm.
This relaxing herb doesn’t just work on your housecat…
It’s so effective that it’s even been known to calm the beasts at the top of the Cat Kingdom– lions, tigers, and leopards, too.
In ancient Egypt mythology, catnip was the sacred symbol of the feline goddess Bast (a.k.a. Bastet)… probably because it helped her kill the rodents that would eat the Egyptians’ food supply.
But that’s not all — because catnip helped this motherhood figure become more nurturing. It took some of the sharpness out of her claws.
It wasn’t until the 17th century that the “father of English medicine,” Thomas Sydenham recognized catnip for its calming effects on HUMANS.
Only 50 to 80%[SH3] of cats are genetically susceptible to the effects of catnip… but the same doesn’t hold true for people.
It’s got an even better track record than that.
As an herb, catnip is considered an adaptogen.
Translation: It can help you cope with stress.
It relaxes you by slowing down your central nervous system (CNS).
That’s why it can make you sleepy.
Drink dried catnip as a tea in the evening to help the dust settle. It has a somewhat minty flavor… and people tend to prefer that to the pungent smell of the essential oil used in aromatherapy.
While you can find dried catnip for your four-legged friend in the pet store, that’s not the version you should consume yourself.
Get therapeutic-grade catnip for humans at the health food store.
You’ll find it in several calming tea blends as well.
To make your own blend, combine catnip with other calming herbs like valerian and lemon balm.