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Catnip 1 Oz. (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip 1 Oz. (Nepeta cataria)

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One ounce, cut and sifted.100% Certified USDA Organic & Kosher.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria), also known as catmint, is a perennial herb native to Europe and Asia but now naturalized in many parts throughout the world. Historical records show its use dates to antiquity, with evidence of its presence in Egyptian tombs. Greeks and Romans used catnip for medicinal purposes, believing it could alleviate stomach aches and headaches. It can also be brewed as tea, for relaxation & to promote sleep.

Catnip's most well-known property is its effect on felines. The herb contains a compound called nepetalactone, which triggers a euphoric response in many cats. This reaction can last for up to ten minutes and typically involves rolling, rubbing, and vocalization. The exact reason for this reaction is not fully understood, but it's believed to be a form of olfactory play.

Beyond its historical medicinal uses and effect on cats, catnip also holds a place in some magical traditions. In folk magic, catnip has been associated with love, happiness, and protection. It was sometimes used in rituals or carried as a charm.

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