A to Z Herbarium: Catnip
Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness
Catnip is sacred to Bast and is excellent to use in rituals involving cats or cat deities. Can be used with rose petals to make love sachets. When one holds catnip in the hand until it is warm, and then holds someone else’s hand, that person will become one’s friend as long as the catnip used is kept safe. Can also be used in spells and sachets to enhance beauty or happiness. Dried leaves are burned to work love magic. If grown near the home or hung over a door it can attract good spirits and bring good luck.
Large catnip leaves can be pressed and used as bookmarks for magical texts.
It has a euphoric effect on two-thirds of all cats. Can also have a much milder euphoric effect on some people. As such, catnip is sometimes used to bring about this state of mind, or to forge psychic bonds with cats.
Catnip be used for treating a wide range of medical woes, including insomnia, anxiety, migraines, colds and flu, and indigestion. As a tonic it can be used to start menstrual periods in girls with delayed onset of menstruation. As a poultice it can be used to treat sprains, bruises, insect bites, or to ease pain from arthritis.
Cunningham’s Encylopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham, 2016, Llewellyn Publications
Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft, Ann Moura, 2014, Llewellyn Publications