Catnip. We all know what catnip is, especially if you have cats! Catnip is know to have an “intoxicating” effect on cats when sniffed due to an ingredient in catnip called nepetalactone, but it does not effect all cats. Some cats do not experience the euphoric response to catnip.
But, did you know there are many benefits to catnip, other than making your cat high? Catnip is part of the mint family. The parts used in herbal preparations are the leaves, stems, and flowers. When used as an herbal remedy, it helps with expelling intestinal gas, helps alleviate vomiting, it’s a diuretic, a sedative, and antispasmodic. Catnip is a gentle gas reliever and antispasmodic for easing upset stomachs. It also helps calm nervousness and promotes restful sleep. It can be given for travel related stress or other prolonged periods of stress. Who know catnip was so useful?!
So, catnip is not just for cats! Many animals can benefit from catnip. While catnip is safe, there are cautions with using catnip, though, such as using sparingly with pregnant animals. You should always consult with your veterinarian or holistic veterinarian before using any herbal remedies if your pet has a specific condition.