Catnip (Nepeta cataria ), a member of the mint family, is an antispasmodic, carminative, and sedative. Taken as a hot infusion, Catnip promotes sweating and is beneficial for colds, flu's, fevers, and infectious childhood diseases. It is soothing to the nervous system and calming to the stomach. It aids with flatulence, diarrhea, and colic. It is sometimes used as an enema to cleanse and heal the lower bowel (use in diluted form). Catnip helps to prevent miscarriage and premature birth as well as allays morning sickness.