Catnip Benefits and Uses – From Medicinal to Magickal

Latin Name: Nepeta Cataria
Common Name: Catnip
Traditional Names:
cataria, catmint, catnep, cat’s-play, field balm, nip
Family: Lamiaceae
Planet: Venus ♀
Element: Water

Medicinal Properties
tonic, mild stimulant, nervines, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, carminative, diaphoretic, emetic

Spiritual Properties
beauty, happiness, intuitive connection to cats

Green – Life, Renewal, Energy, Growth, Harmony, Freshness, Protection, and Fertility

Magickal Uses: Cat Magick + Love Spells.
Share catnip with your feline friend to develop a psychic connection.
Place catnip in love sachets with other herbs of Venus to attract love into your life.
Rub a leaf on your hand before holding the hand of another to ensure they will always be your friend (so long as you keep the leaf).
Grow near home or hang on front door to attract luck and good spirits.
Use in spells to attract cats to your home.
Burn leaves or incense on the opposite side of your bed from where you sleep to attract a lover.
Take an herbal bath with catnip for spells involving love and inner peace.
Devotional magic to Goddess Bast.

General Uses
after-dinner tea, tonic infusion, giving felines a fun time, cough remedy when combined with honey, induce perspiration with raising body heat, breaking fever, inducing sleep, cooling off when overheated, dispels nervous headaches, induces menstruation, muscle spasms, colic (especially in infants), soothing in times of stress and anxiety.

Personal Uses:
+ As an “after dinner mint.”
The carminative effect Catnip is known to have makes it an excellent post-meal tea. This means it is capable of absorbing gas in the intestinal tract, keeping it from building up and causing discomfort. The tonic affect also aids an overall sense of feeling good physically.

+ To entertain my cats.
Felines from the common house cat to lions are wildly attracted to catnip. This is because of the high content of volatile oils the plant produces.

Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding.


“If you set it, the cats will eat it.
If you sow it, the cats won’t know it.”

+ High in Volatile oils. Never boil, only infuse.
+ Do not take in large quantities. May induce vomiting.
+ Children’s dose is 2-3 tsps of an infusion of 1 oz catnip to a pint of water.
+ To induce menstruation, use the fresh pressed oil; 1 tbsp up to 3 times a day.

All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

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