Catnip Tincture Recipe and Benefits

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Herbal tinctures are easy to make and can provide so many natural benefits. Herbal tinctures are basically a concentrated herbal extract made with alcohol. Alcohol, such as vodka, is added to a fresh or dried herb to extract the active ingredients of the herb.

Herbal tinctures have been used for centuries for their healing properties and there are so many you can make and use, all with their own properties.

Tinctures are easy to make and can be taken internally or externally. You can make as much as you want and they can be taken straight or diluted. They also have a long shelf life and can last up to 5 years or more.

About Catnip

Catnip—also known by its scientific name Nepeta cataria—is a member of the mint family. 

This article has the following information about catnip:

“Catnip can grow to be three feet tall, and it produces small green-brown leaves that have saw-toothed edges and flowers that bloom from late spring into the autumn. The plant is often incorporated into gardens because it is drought-tolerant, deer resistant, and it deters mosquitoes. It also attracts butterflies 

The active ingredient in catnip is an essential oil called nepetalactone. When your cat plays with catnip, the oil enters the nose or mouth and binds to receptors that stimulate the olfactory bulb of the brain. The olfactory bulb sends the information to multiple areas of the brain. The amygdala, a region of the midbrain, is triggered and causes your cat to respond emotionally.”

This is a picture of my catnip plant that has been in my garden for about 15 years.

catnip plant for catnip tincture

Health Benefits from Catnip

This article from WebMD states that catnip can help you sleep, reduce anxiety, relieve digestive problems. and help with colic. It also does state that although people have been drinking catnip tea for hundreds of years, it can affect people differently, can cause drowsiness or stomach upset and some people may be allergic. Also catnip can interact with certain medications.

How to Make a Catnip Tincture

The first step is to pick the catnip.

catnip in a bowl for catnip tincture
catnip in a bowl for catnip tincture

Chop the catnip leaves roughly.

cutting catnip for catnip tincture

Add the catnip to a jar. I used a pint canning jar.

catnip in jar for catnip tincture

Pour vodka or grain alcohol into the jar (at least 80 proof) to at least cover the catnip. You can fill the jar almost to the top if desired.

pouring vodka over the catnip for catnip tincture

Cover with a lid and store in a dark place out of direct sunlight for at least 4 to 6 weeks. When ready, strain the catnip from the liquid and add the catnip extract to an amber jar. Store in a dark cabinet.

catnip tincture

Enjoy!

Enjoy making and using this very easy-to-make catnip tincture.

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Catnip Tincture Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Herbal tinctures are easy to make and can provide so many natural benefits. Herbal tinctures are basically a concentrated herbal extract made with alcohol. Herbal tinctures have been used for centuries for their healing properties and there are so many you can make and use, all with their own properties.

Ingredients

  • Catnip leaves (can also use the catnip flowers)
  • 80 proof or higher alcohol, such as vodka or Ever clear

Instructions

  1. Add catnip to a jar (size of the jar is your preference)
  1. Add the alcohol to cover the catnip, can fill the jar if desired
  2. Stir and shake the contents and then add lid
  3. Store in a dark place for at least 4 to 6 weeks
  4. Strain the catnip from the tincture
  5. Add the strained tincture to a clean jar or amber-colored bottle

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