Catnip Nepeta cataria -
Catnip is most commonly used as a mild tranquilizer that helps relieve stress, promotes restfulness, and stimulates the appetite, soothing to babies and children, used to induce sweating without bringing on a fever and promotes menstruation. Used to treat anxiety, colds, flu, bronchitis, fever, inflammation, and general aches and pains. A good remedy for diarrhea, even in children, and for inflammatory bowel conditions and infections, and constipation. It helps reduce pains caused by menstruation and can help regulate periods. Catnip oil can help prevent and dispel gas, and is mild enough to be used for colic in babies. A strong infusion will help headaches caused by tension, indigestion and stress-related conditions. A hot infusion makes a good antiseptic for sore throats and coughs, a decongestant for catarrh and sinusitis, and a relaxant for croup and asthma. The leaves or ointment made from the juice of this plant can be applied to hemorrhoids to soothe burning and itching or on eruptive skin infections such as measles and chickenpox. The leaves speed tissue repair, help stop bleeding of abrasions and cuts, and aid in the healing of burns and scalds, piles and insect bites and other inflammatory skin conditions. A Catnip tincture makes a good friction rub for rheumatoid and arthritis joints. Is also used as a mosquito and insect repellent.