Catnip Benefits

Along with the many catnip benefits for humans, cats are especially attracted by the aroma of this plant, and perhaps they also use catnip as a medicinal herb. Catnip tea benefits resemble peppermint, although not as aromatic. Catnip has been passed over in recent times. However, it has interesting properties.

catnip benefits with leaves and flowers in flower pot on a table

Catnip Scientific Facts

  1. Scientific Name: Nepeta cataria L.
  2. Other Names: Catmint, catnip, catswort, field balm.
  3. French: Cataire, herbe aux chats.
  4. Spanish: Nébeda, menta de gatos.
  5. Environment: Rocky, unfarmed soils of Europe and North America.
  6. Description: Vivacious plant of the Labiatae family, growing from 20 to 60 cm high, with pink or yellowish flowers (unlike balm). The whole plant gives off a typical peppermint scent.
  7. Parts of the plant used medicinally: The leaves and the flower clusters.

Catnip Benefits

The whole plant contains an essence rich in carvacrol, thymol, lactone, and nepetalic acid. It has antispasmodic, antidiarrheic, carminative (eliminates intestinal gas), and pectoral properties. It is mainly used to alleviate diarrhea and its colic pain and antiflatulent and pectoral, in the case of bronchial catarrh.

How to use Catnip

  • Infusion with 30 grams of plant per liter of water. Drink one hot cup after every meal (three or four cups daily), which may be sweetened with honey if desired.


George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. Vols. 1 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 367. Print.[catnip benefits]

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