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Catnip

Also indexed as:Nepeta cataria
Catnip
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Botanical names:
Nepeta cataria

Parts Used & Where Grown

Catnip is a whitish-gray plant with a minty odor. The flowers are white with crimson dots. The catnip plant grows in North America and Europe. The leaves and flowers are used as medicine.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Cough
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Catnip has a long history of use for relieving coughs.
Insomnia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Catnip is commonly recommended by doctors as a mild sedative for those suffering from insomnia or nervous exhaustion.

Traditional Use (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.1 Several other conditions (including cancer, toothache, corns, and hives) have been treated with catnip by traditional herbalists.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.


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