The catnip plant grows in North America and Europe.
The leaves and flowers are used as medicine. Historical or traditional use
(may or may not be supported by scientific studies): Catnip is
famous for inducing a delirious, stimulated state in felines. Throughout
history, this herb has been used in humans to produce a sedative effect.
Catnip tea was a regular beverage in England before the introduction of tea
from China. Several other conditions (including cancer, toothache, corns, and
hives) have been treated with catnip by traditional herbalists.
Active constituents: The essential oil in catnip contains a
monoterpene similar to the valepotriates found in valerian, an even more
widely renowned sedative. Animal studies (except those involving cats) have
found it to increase sleep. The monoterpenes also help with coughs.
Are there any side effects or interactions? Using reasonable
amounts, no side effects with catnip have been noted.
At the time
of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions with catnip.
Sedative, Antispasmodic, Anti Diarrhea, Useful for Convulsions
Resulting from Depressive State of Body, Asthenia or Spring Fatigue, Hysteria in Women such as Palpitations, Vague Pains in Certain Regions.
Aztec Method of Use
Take 2 cups of
the mixture of 25 grams of catnip to 1/4 liter of water.
This presentation is not a guide to the identification of plants or their use
as a substitute for standard medical treatments.
Many plants with medicinal properties are also toxic and frequently
if taken at incorrect dosages or if not prepared in a specific fashion.
We do not advocate the consumption of reputed medicinal plant products
without prior consultation with your physician or other natural plant products professional.
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