Formal Name: Nepeta cataria
Supplement Forms: Leaves, flowers

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


Catnip, an herb native to Asia, Africa, and Europe, received its name because of its effect on cats: a temporary euphoric effect caused by its reaction with the animal's pheromonic receptors. Over the years, people have discovered a number of medicinal uses for catnip.

Bodily Functions Catnip Assists

Catnip, also sometimes called catmint, is most commonly used to treat nervousness, insomnia, and anxiety. In addition, catnip may serve to aide in the digestive process for some individuals. The herb works as a mild sedative to induce feelings of relaxation. Interestingly, catnip acquired its name because of its ability to produce a euphoric effect in cats.

Foods High in Catnip

Catnip can be found in pill supplements, or brewed in tea. Boiling catnip will reduce its medicinal effects. Cooled catnip tea can also be used externally to treat swelling.

Ailment That Catnip Eliminates:
  • Works as a sleeping aide
  • Reduces anxiety and nervousness
  • Alleviates migraine headaches
  • Soothes stomach pains and cramps
  • Eliminates flatulence
  • Reduces swelling when applied externally
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • There are no known side effects related to oral or topical use of catnip