Catnip Tea for People is Delicious
Catnip makes many cats crazy but it also makes a soothing and relaxing beverage for humans.
I enjoy the scent of catnip and the dried and cut
version looks like a grassy herbal tea. Is it worth trying out
hot or cold?
If you are going to plant some
catnip for Fluffy, why not indulge in some
yourself. Catnip tea is considered to be good for the nerves and
soothing for upset stomachs. It is reputed to have a mildly sedating effect
on people and has been used for any number of ailments including colic,
headache and toothache.
Catnip has a nice mint flavor. It is also available in teabags.
Sweetened Catnip Tea
1 mug full of boiling water
1 heaping teaspoon fresh cut or crushed catnip leaves
sugar or other sweetener to taste
Boil the water, let it cool a minute
down to approximately 175 degrees as if for green tea and then put the leaves into an
infuser and steep for a few minutes. Add sweetener as desired. The
result is a heavy-mint tea. That is, a tea that is definitely minty but not
On a hot day you can cool it and drink it over crushed ice.
Place a leafy stem inside the cup for show.
We have heard that you can freeze it and turn it into a minty sorbet but we
haven't tried that concoction yet.