Catnip Nepeta cataria
Catnip tea's biggest health benefit is the calming effect that it can have on the body. Catnip contains nepetalactone, which is similar to the valepotriates found in a commonly used herbal sedative, valerian. This can improve relaxation , which may boost mood and reduce anxiety, restlessness, and nervousness.
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.