CATNIP

NAME : CATNIP

GAELIC NAME : 

LATIN NAME : Nepeta cataria

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Catmint, Catnep, Catrup, Catswort, Field balm, Cat, Nepeta, Nip.

MEDICINAL PART : Herb.

DESCRIPTION : Catnip is a perennial herb of the mint family. Its erect, square, branching stem is hairy and grows from 3 to 5 feet high. The oblong or cordate, pointed leaves have scalloped edges and gray or whitish hairs on the lower side.

FLOWERING PERIOD : The bilabiate flowers are white with purple spots and grow in spikes from June to September.

PROPERTIES : Anodyne, Antispasmodic, Aromatic, Carminative, Diaphoretic.

USES : Make catnip tea for upset stomach, colic, spasms, flatulency and acid. It can also be used for an enema. Popular uses in Europe are for chronic bronchitis and for diarrhoea.


MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER : Feminine
PLANET : Venus
ELEMENT : Water
DEITIES :  Aengus Óg   Aine
POWERS : Cat magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness.
MAGICAL USES
 
Given to your cat, catnip creates a psychic bond between the two of you. It is also intoxicating to the cat. 

Ritual Uses

Use Catnip while calling on Aengus Óg the God of Love, to bring happiness and Love.  In order to experience Beauty and Clarity call on the Goddess Áine while using.

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