Owing to its gentle nature, Catnip is highly prized for use with children. It is one of the many members of the mint family and is calming and soothing. It also stimulates the body, settles the stomach and soothes the nerves. Perhaps the most popular use of Catnip is as an herbal tea consumed just before bedtime. It has a very long list of folk uses, which is understandable since it is often difficult to get a good night's sleep in today's fast paced world.
Catnip tea can be prepared by steeping 1 teaspoon in a cup of hot water. Allow to steep for five minutes and strain. Add honey or lemon to taste. We also love it in tea blends mixed with other herbs.
Stomach Storm Soother Tea Makes 4 cups
2 teaspoon catnip
1 teaspoon fennel
1 teaspoon lemon balm
Pour 4 cups of hot (but not boiling since boiling water temps may destroy some of the helpful aspects of the herbs) water over the herb mixture and allow them to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture. Sweeten lightly with honey, if desired.
Tid Bits You'll Want to Know:
Uses: Catnip has many uses internally and externally. We use it often in tea and tincture blends. It's mostly used for internal applications: teas, tinctures, capsules, food recipes, etc. Our two favorite uses are in teas and meals. It has a rather mild flavor so you hardly know it's there. Like many other bulk herbs, we add it to many dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts for added nutrition and fiber without affecting the flavor. Catnip can be used to benefit men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing) and children. It can be used as often as you would like.
Storage: The nutrients in Catnip are very sensitive to air and light exposure. It should be kept in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is great but not necessary.