In addition to being a feline treat, it has a number of medicinal purposes. It is a mild herb and is often given to colicy babies in the form of tea. The tea can also aid in fever reduction, and also helps alieviate the symptoms of respiratory infections. When mixed with raspberry leaves, catnip tea will help with menstrual cramping. An oil tincture can be used as a repellent against insects, particularly mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites.
Deity Connection: Bast
Powers: love, beauty, happiness, power, courage
Magical uses: may create a psychic bond between you and your cat
Simple Catnip Tea:
Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil.
Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of fresh catnip, or 1 tsp. of dried.
Let the mixture steep for about 20 minutes.
Add honey or sugar to sweeten, if desired.