Catnip (Nepeta cataria): Uses and Medicinal Properties

The beautiful herb catnip can make for an eye-pleasing decoration in any garden. It is a perennial plant with purple-pink flowers, a pleasant and distinctive scent, and special healing effects.

Catnip comes from the southern part of Europe, but is also native to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, central Asia and parts of China. Its showy fragrant purple-white flowers bloom throughout the whole of summer.

Nowadays, catnip is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in gardens and for its appeal to house cats and butter- flies, while in the past it used to be a wild herb growing along fences, in meadows or even at garbage dumps.

Catnip has a history of medicinal use for a variety of ailments, and has been consumed as a tea, juice, infusion or poultice. It haseven been smoked.

The herb has no contraindications or side effects, and is not only suitable for the treatment of infants and small children, but it is also great for pregnant and nursing women.

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