Catnip is a medicinal herb in which the leaves and flowering tops of the plant are used. Native to Europe, it is part of the Lamiaceae (mint) family.
Catnip’s strong astringent, diaphoretic, sedative, antispasmodic, antitussive, and carminative properties result in many health benefits; aiding the digestive system, cold and flu fevers (stimulates sweating), and acting as a sedative and muscle relaxant, relieving headaches and migraines, and assisting with insomnia and other sleep related disorders.
The fresh juice of the herb can be used to promote menstruation. It can be made into a tea in order to relieve infant colic, restlessness, nervousness and as a mild nervine for children. Oil infusions act as an insect repellent, as it contains a natural repellent, nepetalactone.
WARNING: Not suitable for use by pregnant women. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional before usage.