Love Catnip? This is just one of 5 teas in this fandom.
I have 3 children of my own, who have all had catnip and fennel tea , whether they were collicky or not. It made feeding time a joy, no sour stomachs or spitting up. Its all natural - and a pure lifesaver !
But a few days ago I had an oiling disaster (wayy, waaaay, waaaaaaayyyy too much) and had to wash my hair five times within two days (CO twice, amla/aritha twice, and sulfate once) in an attempt to get it all out. After all that abuse the hair at my scalp was almost crackly dry, but after an hour with catnip tea soaking on my head - the same mix Ktani recommends, 1tsp to 300mL brewed covered until cool - my scalp hair was soft, conditioned, and nothing was tangly. Granted, there are still some stringy streaks going down my length, but aside from those few remaining oil globs my hair is insanely awesome.
Catnip has a long history of use in alternative medicine. Catnip plant constituents include Nepetalic acid, Alpha- & beta- Citral, Nepetalactone, Limonene, Geraniol, Dipentene, Citronella, Nerol, a terpene, Acetic acid, Butyric acid, Valeric acid and Tannin. The leaves and flowering tops are strongly antispasmodic, antitussive, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, slightly emmenagogue, refrigerant, sedative, slightly stimulant, stomachic and tonic. Catnip is used as an herbal remedy for treating disorders of the digestive system and, as it stimulates sweating, it is useful in reducing fevers. The fresh juice of Catnip Herb is used as an emmenagogue (to promote menstruation). Mild catnip tea is used to relieve colic in babies, restlessness and nervousness, and is very useful as a mild nervine for children. Stronger Catnip tea relieves fevers due to colds and flu as well as calming the stomach and preventing nausea and diarrhea. Applied externally as an herbal pultice, or added to bath it is good for skin irritations. Catnip oil is great for aroma therapy. A strong infusion can be used to repel fleas from carpets or the fur of animals. An extract from the leaves (called nepetalactone) has herbicidal and insect repellant properties. You maybe wondering why catnip tea is so popular these days. It is all because of its well known healing benefits. To name just a few, catnip:I've been interested, as of late, in this 'legal high' thing, as in, getting high off of different herbs in a legal and safe manner. So, I read online and found an article about how a man made a tea from catnip. I decided that, after ordering a two dollar bag (one ounce) from an online herbal store, I would put it to good use. Smoking a joint from it didn't do all that much, even when I mixed tobacco with it.Catnip (Nepeta cataria), a member of the mint family also referred to as “catmint,” is renowned for its ability to drive felines into a frenzy. Interestingly, this herb has a somewhat opposite, soothing effect in humans; European and American herbalists have traditionally brewed tea from the leaves of the catnip plant to soothe an upset stomach.* Time: 06:26 - I just started boiling the water and making the catnip tea. I'm sure my father will be interested in what I'm doing. Telling him that it is simply 'herbal tea made from catnip' (which is the truth, actually) would suffice. He might even try some, who knows? I also got some sugar ready, because I'm guessing this stuff doesn't already come sweetened. :)Catnip tea has a number of health benefits. It soothes respiratory distress and sinusitis, helping with cold, flu, asthma and bronchitis. Catnip can help lower fevers. There are chemicals within catnip that help with headaches and a number of stomach complaints, as it works as a muscle relaxant and soothes irritation. It can even help with insomnia, acting as a sedative when ingested in sufficient amounts. Tea is only one way to get the health benefits of catnip, but it is a useful and easy one. Follow the steps below to make catnip tea.