Catnip, which is also known as Nepeta Cataria, is a species of the genus Nepeta in the family Lamiaceae. It is native to the souther and eastern part of Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, and some parts of China. It is also known as catswort or catmint.
Although we, humans, do not always realize its calming and sedating effects on animals, this plant have many benefits to us as well. Among its benefits, the Catnip has health benefits that we can all enjoy. This includes but not limited to: ability to calm restless sleep; relieveing of stress and anxiety; soothing effect on women suffering from menstrual pain; helping in eliminating eating disorders; easing discomfort in the stomach; speeding up of your body's recovery from colds and fevers; detoxifying your body; reducing inflammation in your body; and can also speed up wound healing. Now that is a lot of benefit one can get from a tiny piece of plant.
Although eating catnip leaves is the least common form of consumption for human beings, catnip actually has a rather impressive collection of nutrients, from beneficial chemicals and unique organic compounds to essential acids, minerals, and vitamins that our bodies need. In other words, the plant can do a lot more than knock out a cat!