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Catnip Herb Cut

Dried Catnip

Nepeta cataria

Origin: France
From£34.93 per kg

Nepeta cataria, commonly known as catnip, catswort, catwort, and catmint, is a species of the genus Nepeta in the family Lamiaceae. It’s native to southern and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and parts of China, but is widely naturalised in northern Europe, New Zealand and North America.

We source our dried catnip from France. This high-quality herb can be bought in quantities of up to 10kg – and the more you buy, the more you save. Stock up on catnip and save money with Mimea today.


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History and background

The origin of the name ‘Nepeta cataria’ is simple: it’s thought that ‘Nepeta’ comes from the Italian town of Nepete, while cataria comes, perhaps unsurprisingly, from the Latin word catus, meaning cat.

We don’t know for certain when it was discovered, or who by, but it’s widely speculated that the ancient Egyptians were the first to find catnip (and give it to their cats). Either way, its effect on cats is now well understood; an ingredient called nepetalactone is responsible, which was first discovered in 1941 by a researcher in Wisconsin named Samuel McElvain.

How to use dried catnip

Nepeta cataria is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in gardens. It is also grown for its attractive qualities to house cats and butterflies, and can be used in companion planting as a repellent for certain insects (including aphids).

In dried form, catnip is every bit as potent and effective on the feline population. But what about humans? Although its effects on humans are less well-known, dried catnip is thought to offer a number of health benefits, including the ability to relieve symptoms of the flu, colds, digestive problems and even stress.

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Catnip contains the feline attractant nepetalactone which is known for their behavioral effects on the cat family. With domestic cats, Catnip is used as a recreational substance for their enjoyment and many product that contain or are laced with Catnip are available. About one third of cats don't seem to be affected by Catnip, however they may react to other similar substances, such as Valerian (Valeriana officinalis).

Catnip has a history of use in traditional medicine for a variety of ailments such as stomach cramps, indigestion, fevers, hives, and nervous conditions. However, as with so many herbal remedies, its medicinal use has fallen out of favor with the development of modern medicine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The oil nepetalactone, which is present in the stem and leaves of the catnip plant, stimulates the brain to release chemicals that improve a cat’s mood and happiness. The effect of this oil on a cat is thought to be similar to that of hallucinogens on humans.

Yes, it’s safe for both humans and cats to consume catnip in moderation.