Catnip leaf is well known for its gentle and calming properties and has been employed in traditional folk herbalism for centuries. Considered the ultimate feline herb, cats have been going crazy over catnip for ages. While the plant tends to make cats spunky, it has a calming effect on humans.
Nepeta cataria is a gray-green perennial with the square stems and terminal flower spikes typical of the mint or Lamiaceae family. It has fuzzy, toothed, heart-shaped leaves and small fragrant pink to white flowers, growing 2 to 3 feet tall. Native to the dry and temperate Mediterranean zones throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa, catnip is now widely naturalized throughout the world.
In traditional European herbalism and American folk herbalism, catnip was prized for its historical use to calm occasional nervousness and promote restful sleep. Considered useful for children and elders due to its gentle nature, it was often used to support healthy digestion for all ages. Traditional Native American healing practices valued the herb in children’s complaints and considered it to be a general tonic amongst other uses. Today, some herbalists consider this herb when balancing physical manifestations of “gut level” emotional issues. Typical preparations of catnip herb include as an extract, external wash, and infusion. The leaves are oftentimes harvested, dried, and steeped as relaxing catnip tea or added as a component of herbal tea blends.
Our catnip tincture is made from fresh organic aerial portions of the plant and is macerated in small batches at our extract facility in Eugene, Oregon. Catnip extract is slightly bitter but generally mild in taste. It can be taken directly on the tongue or added to water or juice. Catnip tincture can be combined with a range of other extracts like chamomile extract or fennel extract to create a personalized blend. Try adding a squirt of catnip extract to tea throughout the day or in the evening. Catnip extract compliments a range of teas but we especially like it in easy day tea, fairytale tea, and happy tummy tea.
Packaging & Shipping • 1 oz., 2 oz., and 4 oz. extracts come in amber glass bottles with a dropper. • 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes come in amber glass bottles with a plastic screw cap and do not include a dropper. • 32 oz. extracts come in plastic bottles with a plastic screw cap.
Please note: All bulk sizes of 8 oz. and larger are produced to order. Please allow an additional three days for processing.
Precautions No known precautions. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.