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|Healthy Drinks - 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.
Benefits and Uses of Catnip Tea
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.
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.
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.
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