Friday, April 8, 2011

Magickal Herb Friday: Catnip

Catnip, also known as Cat-Mint, is the plant of choice for most of our familiars.  The intoxicating scent will make your feline friend experience a great feeling of euphoria.  This herb is safe to ingest and will likely make your kitty more playful than normal.

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. 

Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
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.


2 Thoughts:

  1. I love this! As another Witchy Mama I'll be grabbing your button and subscribing. I'd never thought about growing catnip before, but think I'll have to add it to my list of herbs for this year.

  2. Take care - you may attract local kitties to your garden lol
    Thanks for stopping by -- I will pop over to your blog as well :D