Catnip

Benefits

  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Insect-repellent

Catnip


Nepeta cataria

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a tropical aromatic plant native to Asia and Southeast Europe. Its leaves resemble mint in appearance and the flowers are white and finely spotted with purple with a strong odor. In traditional medicine, this plant has been used for antispasmodic, carminative, stimulant and tonic properties. It has been shown that it's medical properties come from it's essential oil (EO) and flavonoids. Catnip's essential oil is rich in nepetalactones and has been shown have antimicrobial, antioxidant, and insect-repelling properties.

Catnip has demonstrated strong antimicrobial properties against Staphylococcus aureus and especially oral pathogens. Recent studies show how it inhibited the growth of Candida species in rats.

Insect repellent: Catnip leaves diluted in a water-based mist can be used as an insect repellent.

Aroma: Medium with green, herbaceous-floral scent.

References

Mountain Rose Herbs