Catnip is a strong smelling perennial herb and also a member of the mint family. It contains folic acid, inositol, lifronella, limonene, manganese, nepetalic acid, pantothenic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid, phosphorous, sodium, sulfur, valeric acid, and A and B vitamins. Its use is beneficial in many areas such as, Diarrhea/ stomach pain, stress relief, arthritis relief, anxiety attacks, menstrual pain, detoxing, eliminating eating disorders, colds and fevers, reducing inflammation throughout the body, and when used as an essential oil, it is powerful for skin conditions.
Catnip is also well known to draw in cats! Yes, cats! These animals love Catnip due to its calming effect it gives them. This is also true for us humans as Catnip is a natural mild sedative and a potent sleep inducer, this is due to the nepetalactone in the plant. Nepetalactone is the active ingredient thought to be responsible for the calming effect and stress relieving properties. This same ingredient also treats upset stomachs! Studies done at the University of Michigan noted that catnip also contains mucilage properties, which can help suppress coughs, hinting it’s beneficial use in colds AND allergies!
Further studies done at the University of Maryland showed that Catnip can also be a blessing to babies who are colic. Because Catnip contains nepetalactone which has a calming effect, this would explain why it is helpful to those who suffer with anxiety, insomnia, stress, and even infant colic! As the nepetalactone is released throughout the body, it will naturally cause the individual to want to relax and possibly even sleep. Catnip is also known for its natural insect repellent use. It can be used outside or on the skin as a natural insect repellent, this is very beneficial in mosquito season! The are many different ways to use Catnip, although the most popular would be in tea form or essential oils. Remember, whenever using any form of essential oils, always mix with a carrier oil as not to irritate or burn the skin.
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