May 18th, 2014

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Sunday Word: Catmint

cat·mint [ˈkætˌmɪnt]:
origin: 1300's Middle English "cat" (Latin cattus) + nepte, from Latin nepta = "aromatic"

An old name for "catnip" (part of the mint family) -- which is technically only one of many from the Labiatae family -- plants of this variety are easy to care for, are hearty, have purple-pink blooms, and the scent repels rats while attracting cats. They may appear as weeds, but aren't.

While not recommended if pregnant, in modest quantities, catmint is an otherwise suitable herbal treatment for humans: quelling a variety of intestinal issues and fever; topically used to reduce inflammations, irritations, and joint pain.