Catnip / Nepata Cataria
Habitat and Growing Conditions: Found in Europe and temperate Asia. Found especially in chalky or gravelly soil.
Pertinent Information: Anodyne. Antispasmodic. Carminative. Diaphoretic (good for colds!). Nervine. Use the leaves and flowering tops. Great for fever because it encourages sleep and sweating. Good for small children and infants. Very useful for gas pains and restores menstruation.
Personal Experience: Catnip tastes like a light, buttery field. It’s very pleasant and relaxing.
References: Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss, 105- 106; A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M. Grieves, 173-175; Holistic Herbal, David Hoffman, 189