Catnip has been a parent’s best friend when their child has been experiencing nightmares or has had fevers or respiratory complaints keeping them awake. It has helped children to have a peaceful night’s sleep when they could quite possibly have been crying in pain at night.
Catnip is useful for a variety of digestive issues from stomach upset, diarrhoea and gas. It may also help ease menstrual cramps.
Many use catmint for respiratory issues such as cough and congestion.
The anti-inflammatory properties of catnip also make it an effective folk treatment for arthritis, haemorrhoids and even to bring down the swelling associated with hives and bug bites.
It has also been used as an inhalant to help alleviate croup in children and sore throats in both adults and children. It has also been found to settle the stomach and sooth children when they are upset.
Externally catnip infusions and baths will help soothe the achy muscles that accompany flu and illness. It can also be used externally on the stomach of colicky babies to relax the stomach and help them sleep.