Nepeta Cataria. (Catnip.)

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Preparation.—Prepare a tincture from the fresh herb when in blossom, ℥viij. to Alcohol 76° Oj.

Catnip is a feeble remedy, and yet is as good as many in general use. Employed in the form named it will give satisfaction and well repay its preparation. It is a mild diaphoretic, but associated with the hot-foot bath, it will be found to place the skin in a soft moist condition, and relieve nervous irritation. It is especially to be recommended as a carminative for children. A teaspoonful added to four tablespoonfuls of hot water and sweetened, may be given freely, and is better than a tea of the dried herb.

Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.