Latin name: Nepeta cataria
Given to your cat, catnip creates a psychic bond between the two of you. It is also intoxicating to the cat. Catnip is used in love sachets, usually in conjunction with rose petals. If you hold catnip in your hand until it is warm, then hold anyone else's hand, they will forever be your friend, as long as you keep the catnip you used for the spell in some safe place. Grown near the home or hung over the door, catnip attracts good spirits and great luck. Catnip is also used in spells designed to enhance beauty and happiness. Large catnip leaves are pressed and used as bookmarks in magical texts.
Catnip is a very mild herb medicinally, and does have some worthwhile effects. It makes a soothing tea which is mild enough to give to small children. In many cultures, it is thought to purify the blood, but it also has definite merit when used for it's calming and sedative effects, both in adults and in small children. It is said to relieve the symptoms of colic in children, and can be used as a digestive aid for adults.
The oils in Catnip are very volatile, so protect a Tea with some sort of cover to keep the medicinal effects intact longer.
Cut and sifted. Price is per ounce.