Latin name: (Genus) Nepeta; (Species) N. cataria.
Indigenous to most of Europe and Asia (and naturalized pretty much everywhere else) Catnip is a perennial herb of the Mint family. It is also known as Cataria, Catmint, Catswort, Catsplay and Cats-Heal-All.
Although famed for its behavioural effects on cats (basically it gets them high and sends them crazy!), Catnip also has a history of human medicinal uses.
When drunk as a tea it is known to have a slightly sedative effect.
Traditionally Catnip has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including fevers, coughs, headaches and even smallpox.
It has also been used to help soothe the symptoms of rheumatism, joint and muscle pain, neuralgia and toothache, and in some instances has been used as an anaesthetic and an antibiotic.
Catnip is also well thought of as an astringent and diuretic.
To make a tea: Pour a cupful of almost boiling water on a teaspoon of Earthfare Organic Catnip and let it brew for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
For further information on the properties and use of Catnip we suggest you consult a herbal or medical practitioner.