Catnip

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COMMON NAME

Standardized: catnip
Other: jia jing jie, catmint

BOTANICAL NAME

Nepeta cataria L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae

OVERVIEW

The ultimate feline herb, for centuries cats have been going crazy over this plant. It makes them happy and spunky, yet has a more sedating effect on people. Catnip has been used in European folk medicine for generations as a calming agent for body and mind. It is gentle and is very useful for children and infants.

BOTANY

Catnip is a gray-green perennial with the square stems and terminal flower spikes typical of the Mint or Lamiaceaefamily. It has fuzzy, heart-shaped, toothed leaves and grows 2-3 feet tall.5 It is native to the dry and temperate Mediterranean area in Europe, Asia, and Africa,6 and was introduced to the many parts of the world, particularly North America, by European settlers,5 and is now widely naturalized and cultivated extensively in gardens and for commerce.

 
 

HERBAL MISCELLANY

One version of an old adage regarding the relationship between cats and catnip is this: ‘If you set it, the cats will eat it, If you sow it, the cats don’t know it.’ This folk myth suggests that when plants are grown from seed, or ‘sown’ cats don’t bother the plant, but when they are transplanted, cats will destroy it. The feline’s attraction to this plant is curious indeed, and in fact, referred to as the “the catnip response.” It is not just observed in domesticated housecats, but also in jaguars, tigers, leopards, lions, and several other large cats. It elicits behaviors such as chewing and head shaking, rolling around on the floor, and even arouses sexual desire; this response lasts from fifteen minutes to one hour. They are responding to the scent of nepetalactone in catnip, the aromatherapeutic element being more powerful than taking it internally.Catnip

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Catnip

1oz, 4oz, 8oz, 1lb

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