Latin name: Nepeta cataria
Other names: Catmint, Catswort,
A Remedy For
Catnip is considered a useful
treatment for fevers and colds, although its effectiveness has not been
officially recognized. It is also used to ease cramps, and it is believed to have
sedative properties that can remedy
nervous disorders and migraine
headache. Its calming effects, however,
have yet to be scientifically
What It Is; Why It Works
Regarded today as little more than a
treat for the household cat, Catnip
once enjoyed popularity as a kitchen
and medicinal herb throughout
England and France. And this common
herb does, in fact, offer several
medicinal benefits, including the
ability to reduce fever, promote sweating, and relieve cramps. (Reports of a
psychedelic effect from Catnip smoke
are, however, inaccurate. They stem
from confusion of the plant with
A perennial plant often reaching a
3-foot height, Nepeta cataria is native to Europe, and now grows wild in the
United States as well. It has a
pleasant, mint-like aroma. The
leaves and tender shoots are considered
No known medical conditions preclude
the use of Catnip.
At customary dosage levels, Catnip
appears to pose no risks.
Possible Drug Interactions
No interactions have been reported.
Special Information If You Are
Pregnant or Breastfeeding
No harmful effects are known.
How To Prepare
To make tea, use 10 teaspoonfuls of
Catnip per quart of water. Steep for
Take 2 to 3 cups of tea daily.
No information on overdosage is