Catnip-Nepeta cataria

23/02/2021

Did you know that there is a plant that attracts cats with its scent? The Catnip or the Shanta cat is a plant that can really do it. This fact has been known since the time of the Romans, who grew it in gardens and used it not only for its healing effects, but also as an adjuvant in food. However, evidence of its existence dates back to the Neolithic period to the Early Stone Age. Catnip originally comes from the temperate zone of Eurasia and North Africa...

With its scent, the Catnip attracts cats and males cats without distinction, but it only affects about half of the adult population. This is due to a pheromone called nepetalactone, which is released into the air from the Catnip. Cats are so attracted to this scent that they bite the plant and roll in it, which usually completely destroys Shanta. This euphoria lasts about 10 minutes and after the ingestion, Šanta puts the cat to sleep because it causes the sedative contained in the plant on them. The Catnip has no harmful effects on the cats' health...

Active substances contained in Catnip:

Diuretic (a natural substance that stimulates urine production). Choleretic (a substance that promotes the production and excretion of bile in the liver). Sedative. It regulates diastolic pressure (the phase of filling the heart with blood). Carminative (acting against bloating and flatulence, facilitating the removal of accumulated intestinal gases). Bacteriostatic (prevents the growth of microbes), stimulates digestion and regulates menstruation. It contains small amounts of hallucinogens...

Shanta also effectively deters certain types of insects: flies, mosquitoes or ticks, which feed on the blood of larger mammals...

Chewing the root of the Catnip gave courage to the Roman executioner soldiers...

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