Herbs Guide


Family Name: Labiatae

Botanical Name(s): Nepeta Cataria.

Popular Name(s): Catmint, Catnep, Catrup, Catswort and Field Balm.

Parts Used: Leaves and Herbs.

Habitat: It is a native of Central and the Southern counties of England.

Description: Catnip is a perennial herb of the mint family. Its erect, branching stem is hairy and grows from 3 to 5 feet high. The leaves have scalloped edges and gray or whitish hairs on the lower side. The flowers are white with purple spots.

Uses: It also helps to ease digestion, to treat colic and to promote sweating, while controlling the symptoms of diarrhea. Traditionally, it is used for feverish illnesses such as colds and influenza, infections, rheumatism, allergies, as well as headaches, stress and tooth aches. It is used in a preparation to reduce swollen eyes and is useful for dandruff and various scalp disorders. Catmint is also included in ointments to treat hemorrhoids and as a rub for rheumatism and arthritis.