Cats drinking tea from a cup? No way, this isn't Alice in Wonderland; maybe you've been around Cat Crack too long!
Despite the perception and the name “catnip” humans can also indulge in the wonders of catnip in tea and enjoy a little sip with their feline friend. Catnip tea has been around for a while, like your matcha or your green tea; it has a range of unique benefits that we will go through later in this article.
Catnip Tea Health Benefits
There are many benefits of catnip tea; you have probably seen these with your cat and wondered how you can get in on some of that action. Luckily, you can, and it has some really great benefits for cat owners, too!
Benefits of Catnip Tea for Cats
If you have read our "What is Catnip" article, you'll know all about the benefits of catnip for cats. You'll also see that catnip, when ingested, can promote relaxation,
- Promotes relaxation and reduces stress
- Great way to incorporate catnip aside from rolling/playing with it
- Improves feline mood-related issues
Catnip tea is a yummy beverage that your cat will love, and it can even boost their mood. It's also super easy to make at home.
How to Make Catnip Tea For Your Cat
To make catnip tea, you will need:
- Catnip (We Recommend Cat Crack - Organic Catnip!)
- Your feline friend's favorite bowl or cup
- Water & Kettle/Stove
- Tea Infuser
Steps to make Catnip Tea
- Boil Your water. - In preparing the water, remember that its quality and temperature can drastically affect your tea. Boil two cups of water on your stove, in your kettle, or simply by putting your mug of water in the microwave (Ensure that the mug is microwave-safe!)
- Once the water has come to a boil, let it cool for approx 2-3 mins. Be careful of the boiling water, it's hot, and we don't want any purrns! It should be approximately 158℉ (70 ℃ for our metric friends) . We don't want to burn the herb!
- Grab your Cat Crack Catnip, add two teaspoons of OG Cat Crack to your favorite tea cup, and stir the slightly cooled water.
- Let the tea steep for about 5-10 minutes for maximum potency - allowing the essential oils and all the goodness of the herb to be released into the water. If you like the tea stronger, you can let it steep longer; it's up to you and your cat's taste!
- If you did not use a tea infuser, use a strainer to strain out the remaining leaves inside in your tea, or you can remove the majority of them with a spoon.
If using fresh catnip leaves directly, use 2-3 leaves. Ensure that you wash them before you start steeping them!
Is Catnip Edible for Humans?
Catnip is edible for humans. However, we do not advise Cat Crack for human consumption.
Catnip is from the mint plant family, which you have in your ice cream, mint teas, etc. Each plant in the mint family has its own essences and essential oils with various properties.
The Catnip plant has the biggest effects on our kitty friends, hence the name, or its real name, Nepeta Cataria.
But is it edible for humans?
Yes, catnip is edible for humans. The most common way to consume it is by brewing the leaves into a tea, which is why you're here reading this, eh! Did you know that catnip can also be consumed as a supplement in capsule form or added to food as a seasoning, catnip lasagna anyone?
We have always known our friend Garfield's secret ingredient for his favorite lasagne was Cat Crack!
Benefits of Catnip Tea for Humans
Catnip tea has a lot of benefits for you humans, including the ability to make you as chill as your cat after a hit of catnip. Stress and anxiety? Say buh bye 👋🏻 Catnip, like other plants in the mint family, can also aid digestion and help soothe your stomach if you have a turbulent tummy.
What makes it so beneficial for humans?
According to WebMD, Catnip is full of antioxidants like flavonoids in veggies and phenolic acids in Cocoa, potato, kale, Brussels sprouts, and even broccoli.
- Caffeic acid
- Rosmarinic acid - Studies show that rosmarinic acid has stronger antioxidant effects than vitamin E.
- Coumaric acid
To enhance its benefits, add a slice of lemon to your catnip tea to infuse some Vitamin C, especially during the cold periods!
So the next time you're stressed about a flight, you've got knots in your stomach. Grabbing a catnip tea before departure may even help with your pre-flight worries. You can check our article here to see if you can bring your Cat Crack through TSA!
Catnip should be consumed in moderation as it can cause drowsiness and other side effects in some people. Best not to hop in any heavy machinery, drive, or do anything that requires a lot of focus! Think of it as a purrfect sleepy-time tea!
It's important to note that catnip should be consumed in moderation as it can cause drowsiness and other side effects in some people. It's always a good idea to consult your doctor before incorporating new herbs or supplements into your diet.
Catnip Tea Frequently Asked Questions
What does catnip tea do?
Catnip tea has calming effects due to its nepetalactone component, which is similar to the valepotriates found in valerian. It can help with restlessness, anxiety, coughs, asthma, diarrhea, etc. Additionally, catnip can improve relaxation and boost mood.
Is it safe to drink catnip tea?
In small quantities, catnip tea is safe for adults. However, it can cause headaches, vomiting, and digestive discomfort if consumed in large amounts. Cat Crack does not advise Cat Crack for human consumption. Consult a doctor before consumption.
Can I make tea out of catnip for my cat?
Yes, you can make a refreshing catnip tea for your cat - by infusing catnip with some hot water, similar to making a tea. Once cooled, serve to your cat in their favorite bowl or cup to reap the benefits of catnip through digestion!
Can humans drink catnip tea?
Yes, humans can drink catnip tea! It's a tasty and enjoyable beverage to add to your daily routine.