CATNIP: Not Just For Cats!!

CATNIP: COMMON NAMES: Nepeta cataria, L., Catnep, Catmint, Cat’s Wort. Catnip is a member of the mint family and has long been used in alternative medicine.  It can be used both topically and internally and is a remedy for many different conditions.  Catnip is useful for treating cold and flu symptoms. It  increases perspiration without raising body temperature, helping to relieve fever.  It has mild sedative properties, aiding in sleep induction, soothing the stomach and relieving diarrhea.  Due to its mildly sedative action, Catnip tea also works well in treating anxiety.  It can be used topically for wound healing and toothache.  Taken internally, Catnip may also relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  This herb is often used in children to help combat colic.  It has also been used as an herbal remedy for those who are trying to quit smoking.

 

Contraindications: Pregnant women should not use this herb as it may induce contractions of the uterus.

 

PROPERTIES AND USES: Anxiety, Decreases the desire for cigarettes, Colic, Wound Healing, Digestive problems, Cold and Flu, Fever

 

 

PARTS USED: Herb, leaves.

 

Scientific classification

Kingdom:        Plantae

(unranked):      Angiosperms

(unranked):      Eudicots

(unranked):      Asterids

Order:              Lamiales

Family:            Lamiaceae

Genus:             Nepeta

Species:           N. cataria

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