90Re: Catnip (nepeta cataria)
- Feb 6, 2002jim tyler <smokeyjt@...> wrote:
>We don't have direct mention of mosquitos but in the PFAF database
> A friend of mine told me he had read an article in the local news paper
> stating there is a study about the possibility of catnip repelling
> mosquitos.Is there such a study? Thank You for any clarification you may
entry for the plant
Essential; Herbicide; Pot-pourri; Repellent.
The plant is said to deter insects such as ants and flea beetles[14,
20, 201] as well as rats and mice[4, 200, 201]. (The idea behind it
being a rat repellent is probably based on the plants attraction to
cats, see notes above.) A strong infusion can be used to repel fleas
from carpets or the fur of animals. An extract from the leaves
(called nepetalactone) has herbicidal and insect repellant
The freshly harvested flowering tops contain 0.3 - 1% essential
oil by distillation. It is mainly used for medicinal purposes.
The dried leaves retain their fragrance and can be used in
The Relavent references are
 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin 1984 ISBN 0-14-046-440-9
Not so modern (1930's?) but lots of information, mainly temperate
 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
MacMillan Press 1992 ISBN 0-333-47494-5
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly
mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
 Allardice.P. A - Z of Companion Planting. Cassell Publishers Ltd.
1993 ISBN 0-304-34324-2
A well produced and very readable book.
 Foster. S. & Duke. J. A. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants.
Eastern and Central N. America. Houghton Mifflin Co. 1990 ISBN
A concise book dealing with almost 500 species. A line drawing of each
plant is included plus colour photographs of about 100 species. Very
as a field guide, it only gives brief details about the plants medicinal
I've also passed on the query to the pfaf mailing list, maybe someone
there can shed a little light.
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