Believe it or not, catnip is a pretty close cousin of peppermint, spearmint, and all the usual mints you find in gardens and kitchens everywhere. As much as you might like a cup of peppermint tea or some chewing gum, that’s nothing compared to cats and catnip. If you’ve ever tried to grow the stuff, it’s actually quite simple. But you might wake up one day to find the entire bed has been utterly destroyed.
Catnip creates a temporary sense of euphoria in felines. There is a chemical compound that kitties just can’t get enough of, and when they smell it, they want more, more, more. Eventually the effect wears off, but not before the cat has given everything he has to rolling around in whatever is giving off that intoxicating aroma.
It’s a popular additive in cat toys to send your cats into a euphoric frenzy for a solid ten minutes or more, which can be the respite you need, if you’ve got a cat that’s been hassling you for some activity.
It’s also a fantastic herb for humans, as well. The effect is similar to chamomile in people, cause a calming effect when steeped as tea. It can also be used as a highly effective, although short-lived, insect repellant. Of course, if you do go wandering around outside wearing eau-de-catnip, we recommend steering clear of any cats you see. They might mistake you for the real thing and well, we’re not sure that’s something we’d want to experience.