Catnip no longer just for cats?

Written by Alex Reid
Posted June 4, 2020

Dear Reader,

If you’re like most people, you could use some relaxation. Maybe you’re feeling stressed at work or you have a difficult time falling asleep.

While stress and anxiety are normal parts of life, too much can really interfere with your life and health. 

But there’s an interesting way you can take the edge off: catnip tea. 

It’s no joke — though it’s most known for its amusing effects on cats, humans can use catnip for themselves, too.

Catnip tea has a whole range of health benefits that most people don’t know about. 

And don’t worry; it won’t have you rolling around on the floor like a maniac. Interestingly, catnip has the exact opposite effect on humans.

Catnip has actually been used for hundreds of years to flavor food and to alleviate colds, rashes, and stomach pain. 

Today, catnip is most often used in tea. Catnip tea can be brewed using the leaves, roots, and seeds. It has a subtle woodsy and grassy flavor that many find refreshing — especially if you add a hint of lemon. 

Every cup of catnip tea is packed with powerful compounds that can really help take the edge off and relax the body and mind.

Catnip contains something called nepetalactone, which is a natural sedative that promotes calmness and helps relieve anxiety.

If you find yourself getting stressed out frequently, a cup of catnip tea in the evening could help you find the relaxation and peace you need. 

The benefits of catnip tea don’t end there. Catnip has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with inflammation and discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract. It can also help relieve menstrual cramps.

Catnip has many natural compounds that can benefit your body and mind. Take a look:

  • Folic acid can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
  • Acetic acid helps with digestion and the regulation of blood pressure.
  • Choline may help reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your mood. 
  • Inositol is linked to reduced symptoms of bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.

Ready to try some for yourself?

You can make catnip tea in five easy steps!

  1. Simply use one tablespoon of catnip for every one cup of water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Take it off the heat.
  4. Add in your leaves.
  5. Let it steep for about five minutes.

You can add some honey or lemon juice for a flavor boost, or enjoy it on its own!

Catnip tea doesn’t contain any caffeine, so it’s safe to have in the evenings or before bed. 

Keep in mind that pregnant women and anyone going into surgery should not drink catnip tea since it may cause complications. Little or no research has been done on the effects of catnip tea on adolescents, so stay on the safe side and don’t give it to children.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Longevity Insider HQ