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1. Catnip 2. Scientific name3. Family4. Native to5. Description6. Active substance(s)7. Effect8. Usage9. Dosage

Catnip

Catmint or Catnip is a short lived herbaceous perennial, growing up to 1 meter tall and wide. It resembles a typical mint family member in appearance by having the characteristic square stem that members of the Lamiaceae plant family have, but with brown-green foliage.

Nepeta cataria is commonly used in herbal tea blends related to sleep, stress reduction, and relaxation. Also used as a culinary herb for many dishes.

Scientific name

Nepeta Cataria

Family

Labiatae

Native to

Europe.

Description

Catmint or Catnip is a short lived herbaceous perennial, growing up to 1 meter tall and wide. It resembles a typical mint family member in appearance by having the characteristic square stem that members of the Lamiaceae plant family have, but with brown-green foliage. The coarse-toothed leaves are triangular to ovate. The small two-lipped bilabiate flowers can be white and finely spotted with pale purple or pink. They are showy and fragrant. The plant blooms from late spring through autumn.

Active substance(s)

Nepetalactone.

Effect

Nepeta cataria is commonly used in herbal tea blends related to sleep, stress reduction, and relaxation. Also used as a culinary herb for many dishes.

Usage

The plant can be consumed as a tea, juice, tincture, infusion or poultice, and can also be smoked.

Dosage

5 grams dried, or 10 grams of fresh material.

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