Nepeta cataria

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Related to Nepeta cataria: catmint


Drug slang
Regional street argot for a joint (marijuana cigarette).

Herbal medicine
A perennial that contains volatile oils (carvecrol, citronellol, geraniol, nepetallactones, nepetol, thymol and tannins); it is antidiarrhoeal, antipyretic, carminative, diaphoretic, sedative, stomachic and tonic. Catnip has been used as an enema for colicky infants, topically for cuts, and internally for colds, flu, viral infections in children, “nervous stomach”, nervous headache and menstrual cramps.
It should not be used in pregnancy or in young children.

Veterinary medicine
A perennial that has a stimulant effect on cats.

Nepeta cataria,

n See catnip.


a genus of plants in the family Labiatae.

Nepeta hederacea
causes pulmonary edema and enteritis in horses. Called also Glechoma hederacea, ground ivy.
Nepeta cataria
see catnip.
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Chemical composition and mechanisms underlying the spasmolytic and bronchodilatory propertis of the essential oil of Nepeta Cataria.
Anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory actions of Nepeta cataria L.
The two herbs namely Nepeta cataria and Cuscuta reflexa were used in the form of an extract (traditionally called Khaisanda) where the herbs were soaked overnight in warm water, just heated, some sweetener added in the morning and given orally at the dose of 100 mL twice daily.
a) A combination of Nepeta cataria and Cuscuta reflexa infusion provided significant improvement for postmenopausal symptoms.