Catnip Plant Uses
There are lots of different uses of the catnip plant, some of which may surprise you! It's really quite versatile. This page gives a list of the most common uses.
Let's start with these, as this is what catnip is best known for. Catnip can be used to:
Catnip normally has a sedative effect on humans, so some people drink it as a tea to help them sleep. However, it's worth noting that it has an energizing effect on some people, so it's wise to just try a little at first! It also has a diuretic effect, so in some cases a nice relaxed sleep may be disturbed by a trip or two to the bathroom...
Interestingly, catnip tea was the most commonly drunk tea in Europe prior to Oriental teas being introduced.
Catnip has been used for a number of medicinal purposes including settling an upset stomach, treating headaches, coughs and colds and healing wounds. Please check with a suitably qualified person if you're unsure about medicinal catnip uses.
It can cause uterine contractions, so shouldn't be taken if you're pregnant or have menstrual problems.
Catnip can be used sparingly in cooking and salads to add flavor.
The active ingredient in catnip was shown in one scientific study to be 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET, which is the chemical found in most insect repellants. Catnip plants in your garden, or catnip oil sprayed on skin may help to repel mosquitoes.
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