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Catnip
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 Traditional Internal Uses
 Indications
 Constituents / Nutrients
 Research
 Possible Side Effects
 Dosage
 Preparation
 References

Common Name
Catnip
 
Botanical Latin Name / Classification
Nepeta cataria
 
Traditional Internal Uses
Catnip is renowned for inducing a delirious, stimulated state in felines. Throughout history, this herb has been used in humans to produce a effect. Several other conditions (including cancer, , , and ) have been treated with catnip by traditional herbalists.

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Indications
Anemia (Iron Deficiency), Boils (Furuncles)

Colic, Diarrhea (Diarrhoea)

Indigestion

Insomnia

Parasites / Parasitic Infections, Skin Health, Teething, Urticaria (Hives)

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Constituents / Nutrients
The volatile oil in catnip contains the , , which is similar to the found in , a more commonly used herbal . Human trials are missing to prove the effectiveness of catnip for treating . It has been used traditionally to reduce and act as a aid.

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Research
"Herb teas are both culinary, medicinal"

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Precautions / Contraindications
None documented.

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Interaction with Medications
None documented.

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Possible Side Effects
No common side effects have been related with the use of catnip. Since catnip (particularly the volatile oil) may act to promote , it should not be used during .

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Dosage
A catnip can be made by adding 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water to 1–2 teaspoons (5–10 grams) of the herb; cover, then steep for ten to fifteen minutes. Drink 2–3 cups per day. For children with , 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of tincture three times per day can be used. Adults may take twice this amount.

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Preparation
Catnip is a whitish-gray plant with a minty odor. The flowers are white with crimson dots. The catnip plant grows in North America and Europe. The leaves and flowers are used as medicine.

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References
1. Tyler VE. Herbs of Choice. Binghamton, NY: Pharmaceutical Products Press, 1994, 120–1.

2. Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Gothenburg, Sweden: Ab Arcanum, 1988, 282.

3. Sherry CJ, Hunter PS. The effect of an ethanol extract of catnip (Nepeta cataria) on the behavior of the young chick. Experientia 1979;35:237–8.

4. Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C, et al. (eds). PDR for Herbal Medicines. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics, 1998, 991–2.

Photo Credits: Steven Foster

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