Nepeta Cataria L.

Nota de alcance (en)

Origins: Dooryards, roadsides, and waste places.

Uses: As a therapeutic agent, it is used as an aromatic, stimulant, and carminative, particularly for infants. It has been used in cough remedies, and as an emmenagogue and refrigerant. The stimulating action of this plant upon cats is well known. In Appalachia, a tea made from the plant is used for treating colds, nervous conditions, stomach ailments, and hives; dried leaves and stalks are smoked for catarrh. In Europe it is used to bring on delayed menstruation.


The leaf and flower of this plant contain a compound that causes euphoria in cats. Trappers used catnip as bait when going after bobcats and mountain lions. Traditionally, as a medicine it was used for “obstruction of the womb, and weak catnip tea was a remedy to soothe a colicky baby. Catnip induces sweating and can bring down the fever of colds and flu. It has been used to treat digestive tract problems, including use as an ointment for hemorrhoids.
Catnip should not be taken during pregnancy.

Part used::
Aerial parts


Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) A guide to medicinal plants of  Appalachia/ Krochmal, Arnold; Walter, Russel S.; Doughty, Richard M.: USA: U.S.D.A Forest Service:,1959

2) Hull, Kathleen; Photog. Hull, Meredith /Indiana Medical History Museum: Guide to the Medicinal Plant Garden./ USA: Indiana Medical History Museum. 2010. -- p. 58.

Nepeta Cataria L.
Término aceptado: 08-Feb-2019