Catnip is a perennial herb from the mint family Lamiaceae.
The term ‘catnip’ is thought to originate from the response cats show towards the plant. It is the Nepeta cataria variety that most cats enjoy. The active ingredient nepetalactone, is an essential oil which alters the behaviour of domestic and other cat species.
A typical response includes sniffing, chewing, licking, head shaking, followed by chin, cheek, and body rubbing. The body rolling is similar to oestrous patterns and has thought to be an aphrodisiac, but this is unlikely. Additional responses may include stretching, drooling, jumping, licking, aggression, and hyperactivity. The so called "high" will usually last between five and ten minutes.
Catnip also has a history of use in traditional medicine for a variety of ailments. The plant has been consumed as a tisane (tea), juice, tincture, infusion, or poultice.
|Botanical Name||Nepeta cataria|
|Seed Packet||250 Seeds|