A relaxing and productive sleep session is necessary if an individual is going to have dreams and recall them later. If an individual is having trouble getting sleep, catnip tea is one method for promoting a good sleep session. According to Altmd.com, catnip, also known as Nepeta cataria, Catnep or Catmint, is an herb related to the mint family that one should consume as an infusion or tincture. The main part of the herb used is the leaf, and the herb has a mild sedative effect. Botanicals.com describes the plant as a member of the Liabiatae family: Deadnettles and Mints are from the same family. The same source indicates catnip is great for its natural sedative properties. The herb is useful in treating a fever, nervousness and restlessness as well. Altmd.com suggests an infusion of one cup two to three times a day or a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of a tincture diluted in a bit of juice or water.
A catnip infusion differs a bit from catnip tea. With tea, the user steeps two to three tablespoons of the dried herb in boiling hot water for a period of 15 minutes. A fusion takes a bit longer to make and is more potent than tea. In order to make an infusion of catnip at home, it is necessary one has a mason jar with a lid and at least one cup of catnip. The catnip is placed in the glass jar. Boiling water is poured over the herb until it reaches the top of the mason jar. The lid is then placed on the jar to seal out the air. The mixture is left to sit from four to ten hours. The mixture is strained after it has remained in the jar for the required period. Once strained, the infusion is ready to consume. Any remaining catnip infusion left should be refrigerated. The infusion will remain good for about 36 hours before it becomes necessary to discard it.
According to Marcia Simmons on SeriousEats.com, there are five things that should be avoided while making an infusion of catnip. First, since the infusion lasts about 36 hours, it is important not to make an excessive amount of the infusion in order to avoid spoilage and waste. Second, people commonly steep the infusion too long or they do not strain it properly. The infusion should be steeped for the appropriate amount of time and straining the mixture is important to keep the left over materials of the infusion from spoiling. The infusion will need to be stored correctly either in the refrigerator or in a dark, warm place in an airtight container. If an infusion is created out of more than one herb, the ingredients should be documented for future use.
According to WebMD.com, catnip should not be consumed by children, pregnant women, or breast feeding women. Women who have pelvic inflammatory disease should avoid the consumption of catnip because it can cause menstruation to start. What’s more, catnip can worsen menstruation. The herb can interact with sedatives and lithium. It is best to discuss the use of catnip with a physician before consuming the herb.