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Lemon catnip (Nepeta cataria citriodora)

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lemon catnip (Nepeta cataria citriodora) leaves flowers

« While you've already heard that catnip is irresistible to cats, you'll be surprised to find that along with its sister - catnip - , it has a wide range of benefits for us humans, making it irresistible as well »

Common name(s): lemon catnip, catnip, catswort, catmint
Family: Lamiaceae
Origin:  Europe, Asia and Africa
Parts used:  aerial
Constituents:  pinene, sabinene, triplal, thymol, nepetalactone, caryophyllene, humulene, dodecenol, spathulenol, caryophyllene oxide, iridoids, vitamins (C, E), minerals (manganese, cobalt, chromium, potassium, selenium, iron), tannins, citronellol geraniol, antioxidants, flavonoids
Therapeutic actions: astringent, antibiotic, carminative, diuretic, nervine, sedative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, antispasmodic
Organs or systems affected: gastrointestinal system, central nervous system, skin, kidneys, muscles, respiratory system
Main medicinal uses:
  • treats anxiety and insomnia
  • supports the immune system
  • relaxes muscles after effort
  • combats indigestion, cramps and gas
  • helps reduce fever and treat colds
Counterindications: Generally regarded as safe when consumed in normal amounts in herbal teas. Avoid taking it during pregnancy.