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Catnip (Nepeta Cataria)



calming, relaxing, cooling, fever-reducing, sweat-inducing

Areas of application:

Colds, respiratory infections, asthma, childhood illnesses with a rash (such as chickenpox, measles, rubella), digestive tract, stressed stomach, tense intestines, menstrual pain, delayed periods, tension headaches, toothache, coughing fits, sinus congestion, sore throat, Flu, skin inflammation, insect bites, burns, for disinfection of fresh wounds

Plant parts used:

Leaves and stems

Collection time:

May to October

To find:

In cemeteries or gardens on dry locations.


Iridoids, tannins, essential oil with citronellol, citral, geraniol, pulegone, actinidin, camphor


☕ Tea: Pour 1/4 liter of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of catnip and let it steep for 10 minutes. For children, take half the amount and let it steep for 5 minutes. The tea tastes refreshing like mint and makes you feel a bit happy and relaxed.

Actinidin has an irresistible effect on cats; they love both the smell and the taste of catnip.

Among the Indians, catnip is one of the mildest shamanic plants. Its dried leaves are smoked in the pipe. The smoke has weak psychoactive effects and is far from being a substitute for marijuana.

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