Catnip - Nepeta Cataria

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This Catnip (Nepeta cataria) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Catnip - Nepeta cataria in the Lamiaceae or Mint family

Part used: Aerial parts.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling and drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh + dry liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.

Use: (a) Relaxing diaphoretic, (b) Antispasmodic, (c) Carminative, (d) Emmenagogue, (e) Nervine, (f) Mild sedative.

Since catnip is suitable for infants and children, it is used in childhood fevers and colic. As a dipahoretic it is used to produce perspiration and lower fevers. It is also used with restlessness, nervous irritation, nervous headaches, insomnia, amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea.

Contraindications: Do not use during pregnancy due to the emmenagogue and abortifacient effects.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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