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Catnip Tea
Healthy Drinks - Tea
Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:47

Catnip Tea

 Also Known As: Nepeta cataria, catmints, catswort, hangmans root, field balm

This member of the mint family has white flowers with fine spots of purple and heart shaped leaves. It is native to Europe and Asia but can also be found growing in North America due to naturalization.

This is the very same catnip that has been used to entertain and attract cats of all types.

It just not known for its power over felines but it also has medicinal purposes.

The tea is made of the dried leaves and flowers and is said to have a lemony-mint flavor. It can come in the form of already prepared tea bags or in loose bulk to be prepared by hand. It can also be found in herbal capsules and extract.

Home Remedies Using Catnip Tea

Catnip Tea Recipe:

•    Use 2 tbsp. Catnip leaves (dried) per 6 oz. Boiling water.
•    Pour boiling water over dried catnip leaves.
•    Let steep for five to ten minutes.
•    Add lemon and honey to taste.

Benefits and Uses of Catnip Tea

Body Tonic

This herb has been used for thousands of years as a "cure all". A popular tea in European countries before the advent of Chinese tea, it was even smoked like tobacco to treat asthma.

Contains Vitamins

It has many healthy properties and contains A and B vitamins. It also has both C and E vitamins giving this herb value as an antioxidant.

Colds and Flu

Catnip tea is used as a remedy for the flu and colds. The steam from the tea can also be inhaled to open up sinuses and clear congestion. You can even use the tea in a bath. Use catnip tea as a rinse for eye problems associated with allergies and colds.

Helps with Digestive Issues

Drinking the tea can calm the digestive system helping with gas, intestinal problems and stomach aches.

Sedative Effects

Catnip contains nepetalactone, the element that causes the reactions in cats, even wild ones. This chemical works differently in humans and instead of causing wild reactions acts as a mild sedative.

Helps with Stress

It calms the body but it can do the same thing for mental stress and anxiety. Catnip, when used for its relaxing qualities, can help with insomnia, headaches and restlessness. It can help with other disorders that stem from nervousness.

Lowers Fever

Catnip tea can induce sweating and bring on perspiration. This quality can help lower fevers and make enduring them easier as the sweat lessens the impact of the fever. When using catnip the body will sweat but will not increase in temperature again adding to the reduction of the fever.

Women's Health Issues

It has some use for women's health issues as it can cause uterine contractions that can stimulate childbirth. It can be used to treat the pain from menstruation and also to promote menstruation.

Side Effects of Catnip Tea

  • Although catnip is considered to be a safe herb please consult with a doctor before giving to children.
  • Avoid use if pregnant or nursing as it can cause uterine contractions.
  • Avoid driving or using machinery as catnip can cause drowsiness.
  • Do not use if there are problems with menstruation.
  • Please consult with a doctor before using any herbal remedy.
Last Updated on Saturday, 20 April 2013 17:43

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