Catnip Leaf Cut And Sifted Bulk By The Ounce
Common Names: Cataire, Catmint, Catnep, Catswort, Chataire, Field Balm, Herbe a Chat, Herbe aux Chats, Hierba Gatera, Menta de Gato, Menthe des Chats, Nepeta Cataria.
Scientific Name: Nepeta Cataria L., Lamiaceae, Mint Family
Common Uses: Difficulty sleeping (insomnia),Migraine, headaches, Colds, Flu, Fever,Hives, Stomach upset, Gas, Anxiety, Arthritis, Increasing urination, Treatment of worms, Starting menstruation in girls, Hemorrhoids. Catnip is used for trouble sleeping (insomnia); anxiety; migraine and other headaches; cold and other upper respiratory infections; flu; swine flu; fever; hives; worms; and gastrointestinal (GI) upset, including indigestion, colic, cramping, and gas (flatulence). It is also used as a tonic, for increasing urination, and for starting menstrual periods in girls with delayed onset of menstruation. Some people apply catnip directly to the skin for arthritis, hemorrhoids, and as a compress to relieve swelling.
*Warnings: Catnip seems to be safe for most adults. It is UNSAFE when smoked, when taken by mouth in high doses (cups of catnip tea, for example), or when used in children. It can cause headaches, vomiting, and a feeling of being ill. It is UNSAFE to use take catnip during pregnancy. There is some evidence that catnip can stimulate the uterus, and this might cause a miscarriage. Not enough is known about the safety of using catnip during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side, and don't use. Women with PID should avoid using catnip because it can start menstruation. Heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia): Because catnip can cause menstruation, it might make heavy menstrual periods worse. Catnip seems to be able to slow down the central nervous system (CNS), causing sleepiness and other effects. Anesthesia and some other drugs used during and after surgery also slow down the CNS. There is a concern that using catnip along with these drugs might slow down the CNS too much. Stop using catnip at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Origin: Found in disturbed habitats throughout much of North America. Native to Europe. Common inhabitant of hedges and waste places.