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Catnip (Nepeta cateria), also commonly referred to as catmint , catswort, Nepeta faasseni and Nepeta grandiflor, is an herb well known for its popularity and effects on cats. However cats are not the only creatures that find benefit in this herb. The flowering tops of the catnip plant are used in a variety of ways to treat a number of different health conditions. From stomach issues, pest repellant, stress relief and even arthritis relief, catnip is a powerful and useful plant. Easy to grow in pretty much any climate or soil condition, catnip is a great plant to have on hand for its wealth of uses. Available and suitable to a variety of different means of adminstration, catnip is a versatile and safe natural remedy.
Rigorous scientific study on catnip has not been conducted, but according to the NYU Langone Medical Center, nepetalactone is the active ingredient thought to be responsible for the calming effect and stress relieving properties reported from the human consumption of catnip. This ingredient is also thought to be reason catnip is so effective at treating stomach upset.
The University of Michigan notes that catnip also contains mucilage properties, which can help suppress coughs.
Catnip contains natural pest deterrents and the essential oil is sometimes used as an insect repellent.
Catnip Health Benefits
There are many reported health benefits and uses for catnip as an herbal supplement. Some of the uses include treatment for anxiety and insomnia. As noted above, it is often used as for its calming effects on the mind, body and even stomach. Many of its uses are stress relieving in some form or another.
Catnip is useful for a variety of digestive issues from stomach upset, diarrhea and gas. It may also help ease menstrual cramps.
Many use catnip for respiratory issues such as cough and congestion.
The anti-inflammatory properties of catnip also make it an effective folk treatment for arthritis, hemorrhoids and even to bring down the swelling associated with hives and bug bites.
Nepeta cataria (and catmints) are mostly known for the behavioral effects they have on cats, not only domestic cats but also big cats. Nepeta cataria is used as a recreational substance for pet cats' enjoyment, and catnip and laced-catnip products designed for use with domesticated cats are available to consumers. Not all cats are affected by catnip. The common behaviors when cats sense the bruised leaves or stems of catnip are rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, pawing at it, licking it, chewing it consuming much of the plant followed by drooling, sleepiness, anxiety, leaping about and purring. Some will growl, meow, scratch, or bite the hand holding it. Some cats will eat dried catnip. Often, eating too much can cause cats to be overtly aggressive, typically making them hiss.
Nepetalactone acts as a feline attractant. Roughly half to two thirds of cats will be affected by the plant. This chemical enters the feline's nose. Cats detect it through their olfactory epithelium, not through their vomeronasal organ. At the olfactory epithelium, the nepetalactone binds to one or more olfactory receptors. Some have speculated that it may mimic a cat pheromone, such as the hypothetical feline facial pheromone or the cat urine odorant MMB. However, this has not been tested. Approximately two hours after an exposure, the feline will be sensitive to another dose. The phenomenon is hereditary; for example, most Australian cats do not react to it. There is some disagreement about the susceptibility of lions and tigers to catnip.
Other plants that also have this effect on cats include valerian (Valeriana officinalis) and plants that contain actinidine or dihydroactinidiolide.