Traditionally, the tea and the extract are used to alleviate the discomfort of colds, the flu, bronchitis and skin infections. Catnep tea is known to calm down the nerves and to relaxe the muscles, making it effective remedy in the presence of cramps during gastrointestinal illness or menstruation, or during constriction of the bronchial muscles. The sedative effect of this herb promotes restful sleep at night and may help relieve headaches associated with spasmodic gastrointestinal conditions. Catnep induces perspiration during fever and helps to bring the body temperature to normal. The tea has a pleasant taste and is safe to give to children.