Description: This short-lived perennial herb is used around the world for its medicinal properties. This lemon-scented species is ideal for incense use.
You can grow Catnip in your herb garden or in pots. It's not grown as a garden plant, but often grown as a medicinal or culinary herb (hence her beauty is within). The plant will attract cats, who love to roll in catnip, so plan to protect the plants. Dried catnip is used in stuffed cat toys.
Synonyms: Citriodora, Calamintha, catmint, lemon catnip
Origin: Europe, Southwest and Central Asia
Parts Used: leaves
Aroma Description: pungent, intensely herbaceous, camphoraceous, citrus-fresh, woody, with rich sweet-spicy undertones
Cosmetic Uses: none known
Culinary Uses: used to make teas, and added to salads, sauces and stews, etc.
Medicinal Attributes: antifungal, astringent, cooling herb, lowers fever, relaxes spasms, increases perspiration, and has carminative and sedative effects; used to treat feverish illnesses, insomnia, diarrhea, stomach upsets, colic, headaches, Candida, externally for hemorrhoids, and as a rub for rheumatism and arthritis, etc.
Element Association: Water
Magical Associations: Friendship
Planetary Association: Venus
Aromatic Note: Middle note
Essential Oil: Yes, though not used in perfumery. Catnip oil is produced to include in the preparation of a wild cat lure which is used as an effective attractant for cats, pumas, and other wild animals.
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