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catnip tea in tea cups
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Catnip Tea

This quick and easy herbal catnip tea can be made with either fresh or dried catnip, and is a delicious way to use this fast-growing type of mint.
Prep Time2 mins
Steep Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 7kcal


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


  • Rinse catnip leaves (and other herbs, if using), and set aside to dry.
  • 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.


Recipe Variations:
  • Stronger tea: Use more catnip
  • Dried catnip leaves: Crush them, and use 1 ½ tsp per 8 ounces of water.
Please Note:  You should be using catnip from the garden in this recipe.  DO NOT USE dried catnip purchased in the pet aisle.  (Catnip sold specifically for cats is not food-grade.)
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients, and since catnip nutritional values are not known, the nutritional values for the closely related mint plant are used.


Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.5mg