17 | Catnip

Updated: Jan 9, 2020

The History of Catnip

Catnip (catmint) has been around forever. Cat owners are more than aware of the effects catnip has on their pet, but the catnip plant has an interesting and varied history throughout the ages.

Nepeta cataria is a proud member of the mint family. It’s a perennial plant which is native to Europe, Africa and Asia. Thanks to its growing popularity, catnip is now exported all over the world and is pretty much grown everywhere. We can now buy it fresh or dried, as seeds and seedlings, or we can buy it in an essential oil form.

Catnip is frequently mentioned throughout history. Nepeta cataria is believed to have taken its name from the Etrurian city of Neptic (today the town Nepi). Given the Egyptians undying love of cats, it is highly likely that they were amongst the first people to use catnip. The Romans also regarded catnip very highly and used it in their recipes and herbal medicines. Catnip was introduced to America around the 18th century. Settlers took plant cuttings with them for food and medicinal purposes when they travelled to the New World, and there is a recipe from Massachusetts 1712 that includes catnip in the list of ingredients. Native Americans also began to use catnip in their medicines and recipes after they discovered it.

Catnip in Numbers

Price 6/10

Catnip is not the cheapest oil available on our website, but it’s certainly growing in popularity. A 10ml bottle will currently cost you £5.95, and 1KG will cost you £241.96.

Scent 6/10

Catnip has a fresh, minty-herbaceous with a sweet, woody and spicy undertone. I personally don’t love the smell, but cats do!

Strength 10/10

Catnip is very potent, similar to other oils in the mint category. A little definitely goes a long way when it comes to this essential oil.

Uses 6/10

Helps to regulate menstruation.

Helps to cure muscular and respiratory cramps.

Promotes sweating and helps to remove toxins.

Effective in curing insomnia, tension and anxiety.

Can help with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Gives relief from acidity and cures stomach disorders.

May promote urination and weight loss.

Popularity 6/10

Catnip certainly isn’t top of the class when it comes to demand, with many probably still believing it is only useful on felines. I’m here to tell you; it is equally as effective on humans! If you like the smell of mint and you’re suffering from bouts of anxiety, I suggest you give this a go.

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