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Catnip leaves can be used at any stage in its maturity. To harvest, simply clip leaves and collect. Leaves can be dried or given fresh. Similar to mint, harvest from the growth tips to encourage bushy structure and many leaves.
Catnip is a cousin to mint and native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Latin name is derived from Neptic, an ancient Etruruan city where it was cultivated. Historically it has been used in medicinal teas before large importation of Chinese tea made its way across Europe.
Catnip works its magic by producing Nepetalactone, the chemical that excites our feline friends. Some have reported stimulating effects while others report sedation.
Give catnip to your furry feline friends and watch them enjoy! It is unclear if catnip is safe for humans: small amounts taken orally or by tea have not yielded negative effects, but large quantities taken orally, or any quantity smoked, is potentially hazardous.
HARVEST TO PLATE RECIPE
Mint Tea Base:
- 20 fresh catnip leaves, use more for extra flavor See Recipe Notes for dried catnip
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp sugar or honey (optional), use more or less to taste
- 2 lemon slices (optional), to serve
Herbal Tea Variations (Choose 1, or Smaller Amounts of Both)
- 2 tsp 2-3 sprigs fresh mint, any variety
- 2-3 springs fresh thyme
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- Bring tea water to a boil. Pour into a teapot or a French Press.
- Crush leaves with your hands to release oil and then add them to the teapot, or add them to the pot and use a cocktail muddler or the back of a wooden spoon.
- Add any additional ingredients (except lemon). Cover pot. Steep 10-15 minutes.
- Serve hot, with lemon if desired.
- For iced tea: make a larger batch of tea, let the tea cool slightly, and then store in a pitcher or glass jar in the fridge. Use within 2-3 days.