Stressed-out, anxious, tense and sleepless people have often tried Catnip as a mild sedative that helps them to relax. It is an old and highly-nutritional remedy for the digestive system that is said to calm an upset stomach, reduce gas and ease pain and cramps. Your cat will love you, too, if you give it a Catnip-stuffed toy.
It would be hard to guess how long cats have known about Catnip (Nepeta cataria) but people have appreciated it for at least 2000 years. The plant was familiar to early Roman cooks and physicians and has long been a part of people's gardens and health repertoires. The plant was introduced to North America from Europe, where it quickly escaped from gardens and spread across the continent, to be used by native Indians and included in their inventory of useful plants. There is a good reason for its common name. The bruised foliage, whose odor has a strong mint-like aroma, stimulates cats and makes them "full of life". It is often enjoyed as a tea for its soothing, relaxing benefits.
Directions: The best way to make a good tasting cup of tea is by the infusion method. Place one tea bag in a cup and add no more than 6oz of boiling water. Let steep for 3 minutes. Press the bag before removing to enhance the flavor. Add honey to sweeten.
Warnings: Keep out of reach of children.