Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria
Family Name: Lamiaceae
Catnip is a short-lived perennial herb that grows 2-3 feet tall. The stems are typically square and bear oppositely-arranged, toothed leaves with spikes of small, white purple-dotted flowers. It is native to the dry and temperate Mediterranean area in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and is now widely naturalized and cultivated extensively in gardens and for commerce.
Catnip leaf is well known for its gentle and calming properties as it has been employed in traditional western folk practices for centuries. The leaves and stems contain a volatile oil known as nepetalactone, which stimulates sensory neurons in most cats, attracting them to the plant. It makes them happy and spunky yet has a more calming effect on people. Considered extremely useful for children, it was often used to support healthy digestion and soothe the stomach. Use as a diaphoretic hot tea for feverish states and the common cold as well as diarrhea or cramp support. The leaves can be tinctured, steeped into a relaxing catnip tea, and added to herbal tea blends. Infuse with brandy and fennel to take as a digestive tonic.
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