Archive for April, 2011

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

health benefits of catnipCatnip (Nepeta cataria) is known in many territories as catswort, catsmint or just Nepeta. This herb originates in Europe and was naturalized in the US. It can be easily cultivated in the garden and can be familiar to many of us due to its culinary uses (mainly for its aromatic properties). However, catnip benefits also include pretty large number of therapeutic powers of this medicinal plant. Catnip tea has been used in many ancient civilizations as a relaxant, calming agent and digestive aid. ThisĀ  is one of those herbal remedies which can be used in a great variety of forms: infusion, tincture, poultice, juice and so on. (more…)

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon ciatrus)

health benefits of lemon grassLemon Grass (Cymbopogon ciatrus) known also as citronella, Sweet Rush or Fever Grass, is a perennial plant which originates from Nepal and India. It is a wondrous herb with a number of therapeutic values and healing powers. Lemon grass is commonly used in perfumery, as well as for producing candles and soaps. It can also be associated with Malaysian, Thai or Vietnamese cuisine as it is very highly valued in those nations for its aromatic flavor resembling ginger and lemon, two in one. (more…)