Catmint Folklore & Uses

Folklore:  

It was said that when the root is chewed, the gentlest person would become fierce and quarrelsome.  There was a certain hangman who could never screw up his courage to the point of hanging anyone until he had partaken of it.

It was said that rats dislike catmint and will not approach it even when driven with hunger.

Uses:
In France the leaves and young shoots are used for seasoning.  As a condiment, the leaves can be used in sauces, but the flavor is a bit strong.

Use the dried leaves for stuffing little felt balls for your cat to play with.

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