26
sep
2015

catnip

Nepeta cataria is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in gardens. It is also grown for its attractant qualities to house cats and butterflies.

The plant is drought tolerant and deer resistant. It can be a repellant for certain insects, including aphids and squash bugs.

Nepetalactone is a mosquito and fly repellent. Oil isolated from catnip by steam distillation is a repellent against insects, in particular mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites.

Catnip contains the feline attractant nepetalactone. Nepeta cataria (and some other species within the genus Nepeta) are known for their behavioral effects on the cat family, not only on domestic cats but also other species of cats. Several tests showed that leopards, cougars, servals, and lynxes often reacted strongly to catnip in a manner similar to domestic cats and while lions and tigers can react strongly as well, they do not react all the time.

With domestic cats, N. cataria is used as a recreational substance for pet cats' enjoyment, and catnip and catnip-laced products designed for use with domesticated cats are available to consumers. Not all cats are affected by catnip; roughly 33% are not affected by the plant. The behavior is hereditary.

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black-currants

BLACK CURRANTS

In the kitchen is traditionally used for jams. It is a natural antihistamine.

Some active ingredients present in this plant are able to counteract the action of histamine, a substance responsible for so much annoying allergic reactions.

There are numerous herbal products made from leaves, berries, buds or black currant seed, not only to combat seasonal allergies but also excellent for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.

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laurel

Laurel

the laurel, which is called "daphne" is Greek, after the nymph's name. Apollo was heart-broken at the loss of Daphne and to remember her for ever, he made the laurel the symbol of tribute to poets. The laurel became therefore the symbol of the god.

The aromatic leaf from the bay laurel tree, it is an essential component of the classic bouquet garni: parsley, thyme and a bay leaf. The bittersweet, spicy leaves impart their pungent flavour to a variety of dishes and ingredients, making bay a...

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