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The flowering perennial known commonly as catnip, catmint, or catswort actually has the scientific name of Nepeta cataria. Cat Nip has been used historically in diverse parts of the world to improve a variety of bodily functions and ailments. It can help to dispels gas, aid in digestion and sleep, relieve stress and anxiety, and lower pain and inflammation. It is potent due to a certain terpenoid, called nepetalactone, but various other chemical constituents and nutrients also benefit human health.
Benefits of Catnip:
- May Help Relieve Stress- The catnip plant has iridoid glycosides, which is responsible for relaxing effects on humans. Due to the herb’s effect, herbalists have made catnip tea for centuries to treat anxiety. It also contains potent nervine properties, the reason it’s considered to be highly effective for patients nervousness related anxiety. Drinking catnip tea can help relieve tension headaches and bring about relaxation. It can also reduce anxiety and stress.
- Improves Quality of Sleep- Catnip has been effectively used to remedy insomnia for decades. The sedative nature of this calming herb helps to slow down the body’s natural cycles and bring about a relaxed state and calm.
- Used to Treat Digestive Issues- Catnip can relieve digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, cramping, flatulence, and bloating. This natural herbal remedy also regulates the production of bile and gastric juice secretion thereby keeping your digestive system healthy. The relaxing, anti- effects of organic compounds in it can ease the knots and inflammation in your system and relieve tightness and discomfort.
- Used As A Remedy for Colds/Flus- Drinking catnip tea can fight fever and colds by strengthening the immune system. The herb is categorized as a diaphoretic herb, which means it can induce perspiration while maintaining body temperature. People with a sore throat, flu, or cold could benefit by using a hot catnip infusion as an inhalant. Apart from being an effective decongestant, catnip also alleviates catarrh and sinusitis.
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“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.” Source: Catnip
I have 3 cats and each one absolutely loves the herb
It’s also a good tea, but that’s beside the point