Is catnip just for cats? No way! Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a member of the mint family and may also be known as catmint or catswort. Catnip will give your feline friend its trademark eutrophic effect but it also does wonderful things for humans. Catnip is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. Catnip has a calming effect on the nervous system making it a trusted sleep aid for adults and children that helps to relieve stress and doesn’t leave you feeling groggy the next day. Catnip is also traditionally used to soothe digestive issues such as constipation and bloating, reduce menstrual cramping, relieve headaches, aid in recovery from colds and flu, and relieve stress and anxiety. Topically catnip can be a great spot treatment for bug bites and minor irritations. While generally considered as harmless, catnip is low-risk for allergic reactions. Catnip is not suitable for pregnant women (may induce labor) or people with kidney and liver disorders. If you’re thinking of including catnip in your care routine, be sure to consult a physician or clinical herbalist first.

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