Also called catnip, which is one of the mints family, takes its name because of its intense attraction for cats.
Cats have such an obvious reaction to it because of an essential oil in the plant called nepetalactone.
Nepetalactone is the main ingredient in catnip that causes the crazy reaction.
It can turn even the most relaxed cats into a ball of happiness with energy to spare.
A cat’s “high” from catnip usually lasts about 10 minutes or so.
Attractive aromatic grey-green foliage with dainty sprays of lavender-blue flowers that attract bees.
Whole plant can be used as a tonic for animals. Young leaves and shoots also impart lemony-mintness to everyday cooking or dried as tea.
Humans can enjoy it in tea for its relaxing properties.
Botanical name: Nepeta cataria
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