It’s medicinal, I tell you!
It’s ok — you read that right. We’re talking catnip today. You know, the stuff that makes your cat stoned? We’re going to make tea with it.
No, it’s is not the same as those funny brownies in college. (Wait, what?)
When I told Becca about this, she looked at me with a scowl, and said, and I quote, “Ewww.”
I can see her point, but what’s it based on? Perception.
Nepeta cataria, or catnip, is a member of the mint family of herbs. While felines “enjoy” catnip, people have been using it medicinally for ages.
According to Grandma’s Wisdom, the “heart-shaped leaves and lavender or white flowers have properties that can help relieve or prevent muscle spasms, increase perspiration and relieve flatulence.”
Who doesn’t want help with that?
Some other medicinal bennies include
- fever reduction
- appetite stimulant
The nitty gritty is that while it puts your cat into a metaphoric state, it can help calm your nerves and help you to relax.
Gimme the good stuff!
Let’s face it, making tea isn’t rocket science. Do I really need to give you a ‘recipe‘?
Steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried catnip for five minutes in hot water. You should be able to have up to three cups per day. Use the brain that God gave you. If you find that two is too much, don’t drink two cups.
Growing your own catnip can be a challenge if there are cats around. Then again, it could be highly entertaining to watch them roll around in a patch of the stuff.
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