Catnip For Relaxation
Catnip is a plant that belongs to the mint family and is known for its not so calming effect on cats. However, catnip has also been used as a natural remedy to promote relaxation and relieve stress in humans. Catnip contains a compound called nepetalactone, which is responsible for its relaxing effects. Nepetalactone is thought to act on the central nervous system, producing a sedative effect. It’s also an excellent nighttime tea that promotes restful sleep.
As with any tea, cut and dried leaves and flowers from the catnip plant are the primary ingredient. Simply let it steep in hot water for five minutes and add your sweetener of choice. Additionally, you can get catnip in supplement form, the small capsules have the same effect as tea. Be careful not to drink or take too much, as it can cause diarrhea, upset stomach, and even headaches.