Catnip (leaf)

Catnip, Nepeta cataria, is a perennial herb famous for its effects on the behavior of cats. In Kazakhstan, catnip has traditionally been used as an herbal tea. The perceived health benefits of consuming catnip (leaves, tea or oil) are primarily attributed to its chemical component nepetalactone 1. A number of bioflavonoids have also been found in the lemon variety of catnip 2.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Natural Standard Database. 2009.
  2. Modnicki D, Tokar M, Klimek B. Flavonoids and phenolic acids of Nepeta cataria L. var. citriodora (Becker) Balb. (Lamiaceae). Acta Pol.Pharm 2007;64:247-52.