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Tsen
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Catnip--no longer just for cats!
PostPosted: Sun 02 Oct, 2005  Reply with quote

So I was at All-A-Dollar (Or Just a Buck, or Dollar Tree, or whatever other stupid name they've changed to in the last week), and I saw this shelf of 'herbal supplements' for (you guessed it!) $1. Among the listed supplements was 'Sleep and Relaxation', and, being the dream-geek I am, I picked it up and looked at the label to see what was in it.
Now, I expected to see some B6, Melatonin, or something similar, but instead I found Valerian Root (Not a big surprise there), and Catnip. Now that one got me. At first I was like, WTF are they trying to do to people?!? Get their cat to climb down their throat in the middle of the night? Anyway, I left my money at home and wasn't quite curious enough to go dig up some pocket change in the ash tray, so I didn't buy it (not to mention an inherent suspicion as to the quality of supplements bought at All-A-Dollar), but I was curious enough to look up some info. Turns out catnip is a member of the mint family and is known to aid in relaxation (as well as relieving menstrual cramps, but I wasn't overly interested in that particular effect).

Anyway, just curious if anybody actually uses it to help go to sleep at night.
BTW, here's a link to the info on it: Catnip


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PostPosted: Sun 02 Oct, 2005  Reply with quote

Catnip has always been known to be very good at getting you to sleep. Put some in tea and it's supposed to knock you right out! I've tried some in the past and I'd say it worked pretty well. Back then I was just trying to get to sleep though (what with my insomnia and all), so I can't tell you if it gave me any weird dreams.

Cool stuff, right?

Oh, and I often put fresh catnip in my food. Don't ask why, I just do. eh Kinda good though, and we have a plant growing anyway... grin


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PostPosted: Sun 02 Oct, 2005  Reply with quote

Thanks for the info, I was just curious as to how well it worked.

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PostPosted: Sun 02 Oct, 2005  Reply with quote

I think catnip smells very similar to valerian, maybe they work in the same way too? Does anybody know what the active parts of valerian and catnip are?

(edit) I forgot to add, valerian has the same effect on cats, too



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PostPosted: Mon 03 Oct, 2005  Reply with quote

Wikipedia wrote:
Other plants that also have this effect on cats include Valerian and plants that contain actinidine or dihydroactinidiolide

Just checked up to see about it, and looks like they have the same effect, but aren't directly related. Something about chemicals in both plants mimicking cat pheremones or something. I can't think in the middle of the day, though, so I could be wrong... whatsthat


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PostPosted: Mon 03 Oct, 2005  Reply with quote

My cats loooooove Valerian. tounge2 (if it's the same thing I'm thinking of)

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PostPosted: Mon 03 Oct, 2005  Reply with quote

I'm sure this is truly serious but I can't refrain from lmao. Catnip?

Holy crapy I would have never ever thought of it in any other sense than pleasuring my kitty.

And Wolf's avatar commenting doesn't help with the seriousness


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PostPosted: Mon 03 Oct, 2005  Reply with quote

Have you tried Tuna a la Wolf? grin

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PostPosted: Mon 03 Oct, 2005  Reply with quote

No but thanks to your link, I will. It doesn't look sound too bad. But I think I'll skip the Ranch

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PostPosted: Mon 03 Oct, 2005  Reply with quote

Whatever floats your boat... (I don't like it either unless it's me mum's homemade kind that doesn't taste like mayo.) grin

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PostPosted: Sun 13 Nov, 2005  Reply with quote

Someone told me that smoking catnip makes all your senses go crazy. I don't know why someone would do that.

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PostPosted: Thu 17 Nov, 2005  Reply with quote

Yah smoking it would be crazy, especially if it makes your senses go crazy, there might be some effects from it to.

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PostPosted: Fri 18 Nov, 2005  Reply with quote

I have a thing against smoking anything in general, so I'll stay out of this one. :amsterdam:

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PostPosted: Fri 18 Nov, 2005  Reply with quote

Yea, I smoked catnip once. It does nothing but make you feel lightheaded. eek2

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