Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Nepeta cataria

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PHARMACOGNOSY:  

Nepetalic acid; alpha- & beta- Citral; Nepetalactone; Limonene; Geraniol; Dipentene; Citronella; Nerol; a terpene; Acetic acid; Butyric acid; Valeric acid; Seeds contain Fatty acid (57% Linolenic, 18% Linoleic, 12% Oleic, 6% saturates); Tannin.
Nepetalactone's chemical structure is similar to Valepotriates = mild CNS sedative (& Stimulant to some biochemical type patients).

Active constituents:

The essential oil in catnip contains a monoterpene similar to the valepotriates found in valerian, an even more widely renowned sedative.3 Animal studies (except those involving cats) have found it to increase sleep.4 The monoterpenes also help with coughs.

Nervous system effects/digestion
It has an antispasmodic, calming effect on the nervous system and stomach that improves digestion and reduces stomach upset, dyspepsia, colic, cramps and flatulent gas. It calms upset stomachs (including colic, hiccups, nausea) and helps nervous headaches.
It can ease acute bronchitis and is an excellent remedy for diarrhea in children.
Although it might seem a contradiction, catnip stimulates the central nervous system while relaxing and calming to relieve tension. It is used as a harmless sedative tranquilizer for hyperactive children.
Diaphoretic - promotes sweating
Catnip will cause moderate perspiration and can be used by mouth or in enemas to bring down a fever, relax the colon and ease cramping.

How It May Benefit You...
·    indigestion, gas
·    tension, stress, difficulty in sleeping
·    colds, flu, bronchial congestion, fever
·    colic in infants
·    menstrual cramps.
Simple nervous dyspepsia from agitation.
·     Nausea, general anesthetic.
·     Vomiting, in general.
·     Colic in infants, with flatulence; or with crying, agitated, hysterical.
·     Fever in infants, suppressed sweating.
·     Headache in children with moist skin, hot head.
·     Vomiting in children, general treatment
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly warms reproductive system function.
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly warms skin activity.
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly cools adrenal stress.
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly cools central nervous system activity.
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly cools hepatic activity.
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly cools lower GI activity.
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly cools musculoskeletal function.
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly cools parasympathetic nervous system activity.
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly cools renal activity.
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly cools sympathetic nervous system activity.
·    Nepeta cataria (Catnip) Tops weakly cools upper GI activ

Apply externally for cuts and scrapes.
Caution...
Cats are attracted to this herb and if they eat too much it can poison them. It does not have this affect on humans. Avoid catnip during pregnancy.


INDICATIONS:

CNS/NERVOUS/EMOTIONAL:
INSOMNIA; NERVOUSNESS; NIGHTMARES, ESPECIALLY WHEN ASSOCIATED WITH INDIGESTION; HEADACHES ASSOCIATED WITH MILD TENSION AND/OR GIT FLATUS; as an ADJUNCT FOR FITS/CONVULSIONS; RESTLESSNESS.
G.I.T.:
HICCOUGHS; CHILD'S COLIC; DIARRHOEA; FLATULENCE; IN AN ENEMA (or as ointment of Fresh Plant) for the PAIN of HAEMORRHOIDS, and spasm bowel.
RESPIRATORY:
VERY USEFUL to treat COLDS; 'Flu; BRONCHITIS; USE INFUSION WITH OTHER DIAPHORETIC HERBS.
REPRODUCTIVE:
ADJUNCT FOR DYSMENORRHEA; FRESH PLANT TINCTURE FOR AMENORRHEA.