All About Catnip
Catnip is a perennial herb belonging to the mint family and grows wild in most parts of the United States, although it also is cultivated for commercial use.
Catnip is native to Europe and was introduced to this country in the late 18th century. The plants grow to about three feet tall by the time they are ready to be harvested.
Primarily known for the stimulating effect it has on cats, some people use the leaves in tea, as a meat tenderizer and even as a folk treatment for fevers, colds, cramps, migraines, and as a mild sedative. It has also been reported that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective as insect repellant than DEET, the compound used in most commercial insect repellents.
Due to increased demand for Dr. Pussums Fancy Feline Elixir we can no longer keep up with growing our own catnip, and now buy from other growers.
Cats love to roll, jump, chew, sniff, lick, and crash around with Dr. Pussums pure fresh catnip. It is of the finest quality, using mostly the aromatic buds and leaves. It will stay fresh for about three years, but after a year they have usually licked the toys flat and it is then recommended to plant the toy in the garden allowing any left-over seeds to germinate.