Catnip Tea for Babies
You can use catnip tea for infants , although it should be administered in much smaller and less concentrated doses.
For babies, catnip tea is well known to improve symptoms of colic, reduce fevers and stop muscle spasms or gastric distress.
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried catnip leaves
- 1 cup of water
Step 1 – Add the catnip leaves to a teapot or large mug.
Step 2 – Bring the water up to a high simmer, but not a boil.
Step 3 – Pour the water into the teacup/mug and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes.
Step 4 – Add 1-2 teaspoons of this tea to your infant’s formula 3 times each day.
Step 5 – Do not add any sweeteners to this mixture. Store the excess tea in the between use.
Benefits Of Catnip
Treats Skin Conditions
The natural repellent quality of catnip makes it ideal for keeping bugs away from gardens when kept as an ornamental plant, but the organic compounds in the plant make it ideal for soothing bug bites and relieving irritation on the skin.
Applying salves or extracts to the irritated or broken skin can speed the healing process and reduce inflammation quickly.
Famed for its role in easing menstrual symptoms, catnip tea can ease the pain of menstrual cramps and bloating, while the mood-altering effects of this tea can help reduce other common symptoms of menstruation, such as , irritability and mood swings.
Topical application or normal consumption of leaves, juice, or tea can be effective for all of these situations.
Speeds up Healing
Catnip induces sweating, so is often recommended by alt
ernative practitioners for treating the common cold.
In terms of colds and flu, one of the fastest ways to clean out the body is to induce sweating and get the toxins flushed from the system.
This is particularly true in the case of fevers when the lack of sweating before the fever breaks is only keeping those toxins and pathogens in the body.
Reduces Digestive Issues
How Do You Make Catnip Tea?
- 3 teaspoons of fresh catnip leaves (or 1 teaspoon of dried catnip leaves)
- 2 cups of water (filtered)
- 1 teaspoon of or honey, to taste
Step 1 – Bring the water up to a boil in a small pot.
Step 2 – Add the leaves to a mug or tea cup.
Step 3 – Remove the water from the heat and wait until it stops boiling before pouring it over the leaves in the cup. Excess heat can compromise many of the benefits derived from catnip leaves.
Step 4 – Add honey or lemon juice, to taste, and enjoy!