Nepeta cataria. N.O. Labiateae.
Synonym ► Catmint, Catnip. Habitat ► Hedgerows.
Features ► Square, grey, hairy stem, up to two feet high. Leaves stalked, cordate-ovate, serrate, whitish down beneath. Flowers white, crimson dots, two-lipped, in short, dense spikes. Characteristic mint-like scent.
Part used ► Herbs, leaves.
Action ► Carminative, tonic, diaphoretic, anti-spasmodic.
Especially used for flatulence and digestive pains in children, and for production of perspiration in both children and adults. For diaphoretic
purposes in adults, 2-tablespoonful doses of the 1 ounce to 1 pint infusion thrice daily, with a cupful at bedtime; proportionate doses in children’s complaints.
American physio-medical practice recommends blood-warm bowel injections of the infusion for babies with intestinal flatulence.