Catnip (Nepeta Cataria)
The Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a native of North America and Europe. Other names for the herb include catmint, catwort, and field balm. When talking about this herb the first thing that comes to mind is the plant that drives cats completely crazy with pleasure. This is why you often find cat toys stuffed with catnip.
The herb has been used extensively since ancient times in the treatment of menstrual cramps and digestive problems. It’s also excellent for treating fever and cold. This herb is recommended for children since it has no effects and produces quick action.
Catnip is also used to treat anxiety, and insomnia as it has a calming effect on the nerves. It is safe for use in children's health complaints. Combined with chamomile this can make a very potent – yet harmless - sleep inducer. Sipping a cup of catnip tea is known to relieve headaches quite effectively. It has antispasmodic and muscle relaxant abilities that may be medicinally helpful for coughs as well as asthma.
Catnip has been smoked occasionally, as a recreational herb. Another less known application of this herb is as a mosquito repellent.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!