Latin:  Nepeta cataria

Family:  Lamiaceae

Parts Used:  Leaves and flowers

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter, cooling, drying

Properties:  Antispasmodic, carminative, nervine, mild diaphoretic and emmenagogue

Actions: Known for its ability to make cats “stoned”, it is a lovely gentle relaxing herb and especially helpful for young kids and the elderly.  Its gentle tranquilizing nature will help those who are “hot and wired” and kids who tend to be impulsive and explosive.  It is also an easy plant to grow in the yard , though you may want to watch out if you have cats who like to eat it up.

Dosage:  1-2 tsp to one cup of water infused for 10 minutes to 3 x/day.  1-3 ml tincture to 3 x/day.

Contraindications:   Avoid during pregnancy