Catnip (Nepeta cataria) and Catmint (Nepeta faassenii) Non-Native

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) and Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii)

Parts used: aerial portions

Medicinal uses: Catnip is settling to the stomach and a gentle sedative. Since it powerfully stimulates sweating, it also reduces fever. Its pleasant taste and gentle action make it a suitable remedy for colds, flu, and fever in children. Catnip is markedly antiflatulent, settling indigestion and colic. It is also useful in treating headaches related to digestive problems. A tincture of the herb makes a good friction rub for rheumatic and arthritic joints, and as an ointment, treats hemorrhoids.

Cautions: Do not take if pregnant (Chevallier 239).

Catnip Catmint

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