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Catmint

© David L. Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMH

Nepeta cataria

Labiatae

Names: Catnip, Catnep.

Habitat: A common European herb, cultivated in Britain and theUSA.

Collection: The leaves and flowering tops are collected between June and September.

Part Used: Leaves and flowering tops.

Constituents:

  • Volatile oil, carvacrol, citronellal, nerol, geraniol, pulegone, thymol and nepetalic acid.
  • Iridoids, including epideoxyloganic acid and 7- deoxyloganic acid.
  • Tannins.
Actions: Carminative, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, nervine, astringent.

Indications: Catnip is one of the traditional cold and flu remedies. It is a useful diaphoretic helpful in any feverish condition, especially acute bronchitis. As a carminative with anti-spasmodic properties, Catmint eases any stomach upsets, dyspepsia, flatulence and colic. It is a perfect remedy for the treatment of diarrhoea in children. Its sedative action on the nerves adds to its generally relaxing properties.

Combinations: May be used with Boneset, Elder, Yarrow or Cayenne in colds.

Preparations & Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Tincture: take 2-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.


Citations from the Medline database for the genus Nepeta

CatnipHarney JW Barofsky IM Leary JD Behavioral and toxicological studies of cyclopentanoid monoterpenes from Nepeta cataria.

Lloydia (1978 Jul-Aug) 41(4):367-74Hatch RC Effect of drugs on catnip (Nepeta cataria)-induced pleasure behavior in cats.

Am J Vet Res (1972 Jan) 33(1):143-55Sherry CJ Hunter PS The effect of an ethanol extract of catnip (Nepeta cataria) on the behavior of the young chick.

Experientia (1979 Feb 15) 35(2):237-8

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Whilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary......more
 
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