Catnip is not just for cats! In fact it affects humans in quite the opposite way. A part of the mint family, it has a pleasant taste and is most well known for promoting restful sleep. It is an extremely safe herb, so it can be taken regularly without fear of toxicity or unpleasant side effects.
It is believed to have insect repelling constituents, so it is sometimes used as an ingredient in all natural insect repellants. The plant itself attracts butterflies and bees and is also deer resistant!
Latin Name: Nepeta cataria
Common name: Catnip
Parts of the Plant Used: Leaves and flowers.
Extraction Methods: Tea or tincture. Can also be used in cooking.
Habitat/Bioregion: Catnip grows in the United States as well as other temperate bioregions. As one can imagine, it is often cultivated for our furry feline friends.
Actions: Carminative (expels gas), lowers fever, aids digestions, promotes sleep, relieves stress, stimulates appetite, treats inflammation, pain, stress, colds & flu.
Body Systems Supported: Digestive system, nervous system, immune system.
Additional Information: Catnip is mild in nature and has no toxicity, so it is safe to give to children!