Materia medica

Catnip Nepeta cataria

Common uses as tea

Anxiety, sleeplessness, hyperactivity, fussy babies and children (hello popsicles!),

Digestive issues

Flatulence, abdominal cramping, colic, diarrhea, indigestion, when served cold before a meal catnip increases appetite, when served hot after a meal it improved digestion, ease smooth muscle spasms

Colds & Flu

Anti-viral properties beneficial for chicken pox, flu, small pox, measles, mumps, bronchitis Diaphoretic

Topical Applications

  • Compress or Poultice for sprains, strains toothache, hemorrhoids, or bruising Hair rinse for irritated scalp
  • Eyewash for inflammation, irritated eyes due to allergies, bloodshot eyes Use as a liniment for rheumatism and arthritis
  • Cleanse the colon with a catnip enema
  • Relieve congestion with a steam inhalation


  • Not recommended during pregnancy Large doses can cause vomiting
  • Large doses can cause vomiting