Catnip tea's biggest health benefit is the calming effect that it can have on the body. Catnip contains nepetalactone, which is similar to the valepotriates found in a commonly used herbal sedative, valerian. This can improve relaxation , which may boost mood and reduce anxiety, restlessness, and nervousness. Lemon verbena has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries to stop muscle spasms, as a fever reducer and sedative, for indigestion, and to increase appetite, among other indications. It is calming for mind as well as body, and is well-known for relieving stress and nervousness, as well as to sooth stomach cramps and period pain.
Catnip Tea Recipe:
- 1 teaspoon dried catnip leaves, 1 tablespoon of fresh catnip,
- 6 ounces of boiling water
- Pinch of lemon verbena, and min (Optional)
- Pour the boiling water over the leaves and let steep for five to seven minutes. You can also add a pinch of lemon verbena, or mint to give the tea a beautiful, refreshing, mild taste.
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