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As its name
Nepeta (from the Greek word
a potion that brings brings forgetfulness) or
catnip was thought to induce
relaxation and sleep. Like other mints,
it eased digestion, and its
fresh or dried,
were used to make a tea
As a tonic,
catnip was believed to
increase body tone and vigor, to
induce perspiration, reduce fever,
and ease muscle cramps. While
flowers were believed to be
calming and slightly
chewing its roots
to make a person fierce and
Šas wyrte man
nepitamon 7 ošrum
naman nepte nemneš 7 eac grecas hy
mente orinon hataš.
This plant some name nepitamon
and others name nepte, and
also Greeks name this mint orinon.
of Apuleius, XCV
naešran slite genim šas wyrte še
we nepitamon nemšun cnuca mid wine
wring šonne št wos 7 syle
drincan on wine 7 genim eac ša leaf
šysse sylfan wyrte gecnucuše lege to šaere wunde.
For snakebite take this
name nepitamon; pound it in
ooze, & give to drink in wine. Take the leaves of this
same plant, pounded, & lay the on the wound.
Herbarium of Apuleius,
Wiš sculdor węrc... Eft
wyl betonican 7 neftan on ealoš sele drincan
shoulder pain... Another: boil betony &
in ale; give often to drink,
beside the fire, smear [the
shoulder] with lesser
Wiš lungen adle
hind bergean leaf 7 hreodes spir reade hofan
. bisceop-wyrt dolhrunan
neftan on clęnum wętre
eall šas wyrte wille 7 drince.
For lung disease:
raspberry leaves & a reed spear,
ground ivy ,
catnip. [Put] in clean water all
these plants, boil & drink.
Leechbook II, li
Wiš deofle liše drenc 7 ungemynde do on ealu
. elehtran moran
. finul ontre
. wulfes comb
. męssan ofer šam drence 7 drince him biš sona wel.
For bedevilment, a
gentle drink, and for confusion. Put into ale: cassuck,,
masses over the drink & let
drink. They will soon be well.
For to chace a-wey serpentis. The
smoke of this herbe chaceth
serpentes out of the hous that
this herbe is brent inne.
Macer, Nepis, XVI
For to chase away
serpents. The smoke of this plant
chases serpents out of the house
that this plant is burned in.
Macer, Nepis, XV
Many plants have
been used in past and present times for medicinal purposes, and as one
of the focuses of Wyrtig is the history of gardening, these uses are
discussed here. However, common sense requires
that you consult your family physician or other health care provider
before using any plant materials for medicinal purposes. The old saying
that "A doctor who treats him- (or her-) self has a fool for a patient"
is no less true in herbal medicine than in any other branch of the
healing sciences. Herbal remedies should not be used by the uninformed;
medical advice should be sought before using any herbal remedy.
fir, aicned, ecna.
illumine every darkness:
truth, nature, knowledge.