Catnip is native to Southern Europe, but is widely naturalized all over Europe and North America, where some of the best quality in the world is grown in the state of Washington. Catnip, also commonly referred to as catmint, is an herb well known for its popularity and effects on cats. However cats are not the only creatures that find benefit in this herb. Some of the uses include treatment for anxiety and insomnia, it is often used as for its calming effects on the mind, body and stomach. Catnip is useful for a variety of digestive issues from stomach upset, diarrhea and gas. It may also help ease menstrual cramps.
Many use catnip for respiratory issues such as cough and congestion.
The anti-inflammatory properties of catnip also make it an effective folk treatment for arthritis, hemorrhoids and even to bring down the swelling associated with hives and bug bites.
Unlike traditional tea, you do NOT put catnip in boiling water. Bring the water to a boil and remove from heat for a minute before beginning the steeping process) and consumed like any other herbal tea.