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Catnip, Nepeta cataria
Parts used: Flowering tops.
Constituents: Volatile oils, Tannins, Bitter principle.
Actions: Diaphoretic, Anti-pyretic, Carminative, Anti-spasmodic, Anthelmintic, Sedative, Anti-diarrhoea.
Fevers especially in children, scarlet fever, congested sinuses, sinusitis, measles, chickenpox, remittent fevers.
Colic, nervous dyspepsia, indigestion, flatulence, tremors.
Coughs, IBS, dysmenorrhoea, pms.
Worms, parasites and fungal infections.
Headaches, childhood insomnia, restlessness, hysteria.
Diarrhoea, especially anxiety stress related.
Herbal extract: 25-50mL per week.
Energetics: Cooling, drying, bitter, pungent, aromatic.
Meridians: large intestine, kidney.
Contraindications: Pregnancy - historically the expressed juice is used as an Emmenagogue.