Catnip tea contains vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and sodium. According to tea enthusiast site The Right Tea, catnip's calming properties can help relieve stress, anxiety, and help treat insomnia and migraines. It is a natural antacid and can help with colic, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and flatulence.Photo by Charles Kremenak.
To make a cup of catnip tea, place 1-2 tsp of dried catnip flowers and leaves in a teacup, pour a cup of hot (not boiling water) over it, and cover. Wait 10-15 minutes and sweeten with honey and lemon to mitigate the slightly-woodsy taste. If you use fresh catnip leaves, double the amount used. You can also also mix catnip leaves with chamomile or mint.
Catnip tea is made from the leaves and flowers of the common catnip plant, (nepeta cataria) a member of the mint family also known as catmint, catswort, and field balm. Catnip should easily be found in the herbal section of most health food stores.
Catnip Tea [The Right Tea]