Information on Catnip

Latin NameNepeta cataria
Other NamesCatmint
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsNervous system, Respiratory system
CautionsAvoid in large doses during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoAn aromatic herbaceous perennial in the mint family with ovate round-toothed leaves and whorls of white to pink flowers.
DescriptionCatnip tea is useful for colds, flu, and fevers, especially in children. It is also given for stomachaches, headaches, and hyperactivity. The tea has mildly calming, sweat-releasing, and digestion-promoting effects. For adults, it is slightly sedative and digestive. It has demonstrated a mild sleep-promoting effect in some laboratory tests.
Cats are highly stimulated by the herb.
Catnip has a taste of SPICY, AROMATIC and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1/2 to 1 teaspoon in a little water or juice

Ailments Treated by Catnip

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Hyperactivitycalmativetea, tincture, capsule
Teethingcalmativetea internally and/or in a bath
Sleeping aidscalmativetea, tincture


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