Catmint / Nepeta Cataria

Other names:
Catnip, Field Balm
Oil isolated from catnip by steam distillation is a repellent against insects, in particular mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites. Distilled nepetalactone, the active ingredient in catnip, repels mosquitoes ten times more effectively than DEET, the active ingredient in most insect repellents, but that it is not as effective as a repellent on skin. Catnip mixed together with chamomile tea can be used to lighten the color of hair.

Nepeta cataria made into a tea for intestinal spasms / cramps or as a sedative for stress.

Added by Abbie Thoms on Thu 21 Jun 2012 on 12:58 pm GMT

Updated by Abbie Thoms on Wed 27 Jun 2012 at 6:40 pm GMT