Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Catnip...

Catnip is normally thought of as a non-usable weed that comes up in people's yards. Many cats go crazy at the very smell of catnip. Maggie LOVES to eat catnip. (It is the ONLY green thing that she likes.) Catnip attracts cats, which is not a very good thing for gardens.Catnip is an herb that is a member of the mint family. It has heart shaped leaves, a hairy stalk and a light blueish-gray color. Catnip has a recognizable odor that has a faint aroma of mint in it.

An interesting fact I learned is that catnip repels mosquitoes. It can be made into a mosquito spray. However, like all herbs, some people could be allergic to it. Below is a recipe for mosquito spray that came from the Hobby Farms Home magazine. I have not tried it, so I do not know how it works. If anyone tries it, let me know if it works!

Easy Catnip Mosquito Spray

Pack a 1-quart canning jar with bruised or chopped catnip or other herbs. Fill the jar to the brim with boiling water, cap the jar and let it sit overnight. Strain and pour the resulting liquid into a pump dispenser. Store unused portions in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

1 comment:

  1. May have to try experimenting with that... we have some that comes up in unwanted places.

    Hope you are feeling better!:)

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