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strong-scented perennial herb (Nepeta cataria) of the family Labiatae (mintmint,
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
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 family), native to Europe and Asia but naturalized in the United States. A tea of the leaves and flowing tops has long been used as a domestic remedy for various ailments. Catnip is best known for its stimulating effect on cats. Catnip is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.
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Whitish purple flower clusters, heart-shaped opposite leaves covered in fine hair, especially underside. high in vitamin C. Flowers and leaves make a minty tea used for colds, fever, bronchitis, colic, headaches, sedative, helps digestive system, calms stomach. Juice promotes menstruation, strong antispasmodic, restlessness, nervousness, tranquilizer, sedative. Chew leaves for toothache. Contains nepetalactone, an insect and mosquito repellant. Mild tea calms restless kids and babies colic. Rub tea on skin for skin irritations. Young shoots good in salad. Causes cats to “get high” and makes people sleepy.
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Response of Aphis citricola adults to French marigold (Tagetes patula) (A) and catnip (Nepeta cataria) (B).
Aqueous extract of Napeta cataria against Staphylococcus aureus exhibited maximum zone of inhibition 15 [+ or -] 0.3 3 at 100 mg/ml and minimum zone of inhibition (8.03 [+ or -] 0.02) was recorded at 25 mg/ml which significantly increased at 50 and 75 mg/ml where zone of inhibition was 12.03 [+ or -] 0.03 and 14 [+ or -] 0.01 respectively, while as against E.
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The plan was simple: grow, harvest and process the catnip plant (Nepeta cataria) to create a mosquito repellent that could be applied to clothing or skin to protect against the malaria-carrying Anopheles mosquito.
Among more commonly known plants, catnip (Nepeta cataria) provides good bee forage and growers can sell it at farmers markets to cat owners.
Caffeoyltartronic acid from catnip (Nepeta cataria): a precursor for catechol in lubber grasshopper (Romalea guttata) defensive secretions.
Catmint (Nepeta x faasenii, Nepeta cataria and others) gets cats as high as kites and it's not unknown for moggies to eat entire plants.