Catnip, catmint, catwort, field balm -- it doesn't matter what you call it. Lions, tigers, panthers, and your common domestic tabby just can't seem to get enough of this fragrant herb.
Catnip's allure is in its volatile oil, specifically one chemical in that oil -- nepetalactone. Found in catnip's leaves, stems, and seeds, it only takes one or two sniffs of that wondrous oil before susceptible felines are licking, chewing, and rolling head-over-tail in kitty bliss
Cats cannot seem to get enough, but what about us, humans?
The substance nepetalactone, which has a sedative effect in humans, is commonly used in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety and nervousness. Due to the muscle relaxing or antispasmodic, effects, catnip drops may be used to assist relieve pain with headaches, colic, cramps, gas, and indigestion.