(Catmint or Nepeta cataria)
and Fly Repellent
studies show that the essential oil of this herb was effective at
repelling mosquito and a variety of flies. It is practically
non-irritating to the eyes and is considered safer to use than DEET
(the "standard" chemical found in most mosquito repellants).
However, there is one study done in Australia that showed it did not
provide the same level of protection as DEET.
Euphoria (a high)
An euphoric state is created in cats when they smell this herb. This
effect is well documented. Click
here to jump to the section describing this effect. One
expert describe it as having a pseudo-narcotic effect.
Anecdotal reports suggest that it may cause a high in humans if this
herb is smoked. Indeed, this herb is smoked for
its suspected ability to induce a euphoric state (a "high").
||Stress and Anxiety
Catnip contains the chemical nepetalactone, a substance shown to have a
calming and sedative effect in animal studies.
(Candida albicans) & Antibacterial Benefits
studies show that the essential oils of this herb killed yeast cells.
Other lab studies show that it also is able to stop the growth of
from Migraine, Tension or Stress
herb is suggested for relief from headaches resulting from
migraine, tension or stress.
Its calming effect can be used to
cause relaxation throughout the entire body.
Cramps / Sore Muscle / Menstrual Cramps
This herb seems to have muscle relaxant properties and may be helpful
spasm or cramps and cramps in the uterus during the menstrual
Healing / Cuts and Scrapes
Since this herb possesses astringent properties, it may help to heal
and to stop bleeding when applied onto the wounds.
The carminative properties
of this herb can help calm an upset stomach and treat colic, nausea and
(from the Common cold
Since this herb is classified as an diaphoretic (promotes sweating), it
can be helpful in bring fever down in people suffering from the flu or
the common cold.
& Asthma Symptoms
The anti-spasm benefits of this herb is traditionally use to treat
coughing and asthma symptoms.
Benefits and Traditional Uses
- Alzheimer's disease (AD)
- Anti-bacterial effects
- Anti-cancer benefits
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
- Congestion in the lung
- Flatulence (gas)
- Menstrual cramps
- Mosquito and fly repellant
- Migraine headaches
- Muscle aches and cramps
- Sedation (as a relaxant)
- Sore muscles
- Stomach cramps
- Tension headaches
- Upset stomach
- Water retention (as a diuretic)
infection (against the yeast Candida albicans)
- Euphoria (inducing a high)
and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Catnip, a benign
medicinal properties, is traditionally used to treat varies types of
It is used in cats and humans smoke it as a recreational drug for its
essential oils of this herb contain chemicals that possess a calming
relaxing effect in animals studies. Nepetalactone, an active chemical
from this herb is tested in lab and animal studies. This chemical is
similar to chemicals found in valerian
another herb also used for its calming effect.
What about cat and catnip? What's
the effect on cats?
is good documented evidence that when cats smell this herb, they
respond by licking,
sniffing and chewing while moving their heads, rubbing their face and
engaging in rolling and the rubbing of their body. This is the famous
effect of catnip on cats. The chemical suspected to induce this state
This last about 15 minutes after which
it takes a period of at least 1 hour before this effect can be repeat
again. This effect doesn't happen when this herb is given
to cats by
about smoking catnip? Can you really get a high off of this herb?
There are reports
that smoking catnip can produce an euphoric state (a high).
Studies done in rats show that rats given catnip in their diet caused
an effect similar to taking amphetamines (as a recreational drug).
also another herb that is smoked by some people to get a "high".
What are some side effects of taking catnip?
shows sedative effect and may
cause drowsiness or mild fatigue. Because it has diuretic properties,
it may cause an increase in urination.
Some people report
getting an upset stomach. Using catnip in large amounts may cause
headache and moderate fatigue and drowsiness.
Are there any dangers of taking catnip? What
happens if you eat too much?
are no known dangers or toxicity from using catnip as it is a benign
However, women who
are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult with healthcare
professionals first before using this herb.
to Take It
prepare and use catnip
- Place 10 teaspoon into 1 liter of boiling water for 10 minutes. Place
a cover over the pot to avoid evaporation of the essential oils. The
prepared solution can be stored in a fridge. Strain and drink 250 mL (1
cup) two to three times daily.
- Apply grounded herbs wrapped in a warm compress and apply directly
over the irritated skin.
- You can buy tea bags containing this herb commercially.
- Apply to the skin to treat irritation as needed.
- Studies used a 10% concentration of the essential oil
applied to the
skin as a mosquito repellant.
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