Catnip, Nepeta cataria, is member of the mint family, more noted for its effect on felines than humans. Many are surprised to find that it has benefits for humans, beyond a wonderfully fragrant and sublimely flowered garden mint. 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 can be tinctured, steeped into a relaxing catnip tea, and added to herbal tea blends. The ultimate feline herb, for centuries cats have been going crazy over this plant. It makes them happy and spunky yet has a more calming effect on people. Catnip was part of American folk medicine and Native American healing systems and employed as a gentle tea for children in cases of occasional upset stomach or sleeplessness.
The active ingredient, which causes unusual behavior in cats, is a volatile oil called nepetalactone, which can be found in the leaves & stem of the plant that can improve relaxation, boost mood, reduce anxiety, restlessness, and nervousness. It is also interesting to note that this essential oil was found to be effective at repelling mosquitoes.
Energetics: Cooling and drying
Properties: Aromatic, sedative, nervine, diaphoretic and carminative.
Precautions: Avoid during pregnancy.
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