Catnip Leaf & Flower {Nepeta cataria}

Although Catnip is widely known as a herb that attracts and stimulates cats, it is actually an extremely useful sedative in humans. Catnip is a diaphoretic used for colds and flu. As a carminative herb it helps  to soothe the digestive system.

Family Lamiaceae

Habitat It is a native of Europe

Parts Used Aerial

Associated Systems
Immune System, Female Reproductive System, Digestive System, Nervous System

Carminative (dispels gas), Weak emmenagogue, antispasmodic, Astringent, Diaphoretic, Nervine sedative, Immune Diaphoretic, Female Reproductive Nervine, Digestive Antispasmodic, Digestive Carminative, Digestive Nervine, Nervous Relaxant, Nervous Sedative Hypnotic

Infantile colic and diarrhea, Headaches related to digestive problems, Cold and flu, Acute bronchitis, Delayed menses, Painful joints, Hemorrhoids (as an ointment)

. May potentiate barbiturates (as seen in mice)
. Hallucinogenic when smoked

Warnings & Interactions: 1A {Safety Chart}

This monograph does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. It is always advisable to consult with your trusted Herbalist or healthcare professional prior to use.

. Find a complete list of references for this monograph and a review of its evidence based applications in “Naturopathic Botanical Medicine” by Dr. Anthony Godfrey, and Paul Richard Saunders with Kerry Barlow, Cindy Gilbert, Mathew Gowan and Fraser Smith.


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