The “Herb Nugget” focuses on getting into your Plant Walking Groove, especially now that summer is around the corner! Marc & Mindy talk about Herbstalk, and give garden updates. Does anyone know why we are getting chlorosis of our basil leaves?
Marc’s “Herb of the Podcast” is Catnip, or Nepeta cataria. Amongst other things, Marc tells us how to use catnip to keep small rodents out of the garden…by attracting cats! We use catnip in teas and tinctures, and grow some for our kitty. Nepetalactone is the chemical compound that drives cats bananas!
Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Gilani AH, et al. Chemical composition and mechanisms underlying the spasmolytic and bronchodilatory properties of the essential oil of Nepeta cataria L. J Ethnopharmacol 2009; 121: 405-411. Or download a copy of the full article here. The researchers show that that catnip essential oil is effective in decreasing intestinal motility, as well as relaxing the airway, and thus its folk uses (namely for diarrhea and bronchial symptoms) are supported by science.
The “Book Review” is on Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places by “Wildman” Steve Brill and Evelyn Dean. The full review can be found here. This is a forager’s must-have text!
Finally, we give a shout out to Josee, the newest family member, an 8 week old german shepherd mix!