The power of Catnip

When I mention Catnip (Nepeta cataria), most people think of it as an intoxicating herb for cats. I think, “Bloodsuckers BEGONE!” Last year, I found out it was 10 times more effective than DEET in repelling biting insects. Lucky for us, it grows abundantly on our land. Some herbalists believe that when you are in need, the right healing herb will present itself. Whether or not I believe this, Catnip is certainly a welcome presence at our home. Last year, I started cutting off stems and leaving them on tables while we are outside. It worked like magic; hardly any annoying biting insects came near us. This year, I decided to transplant them around the parameter of our deck and by our Black Walnut tree, where we like to sit or eat meals.

Catnip along our porch

Catnip along our porch

Catnip is part of the mint family and very hardy. They transplant very easily and spread everywhere. Since I am in the beginning stages of transplanting, I am also cutting stems and leaving them on the tables. It’s been raining a lot and you can never have too much protection from the bloodsuckers. One day we noticed that a stem of catnip left on a table was setting out roots and starting to grow towards the sun. Now that is what I call hardy!

catnip growing

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