Catnip Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Leaf and flower
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Rich, herbaceous, mild floral
Largest Producing Countries: USA and Canada
Traditional Use: Traditionally used as an insect repellant. There is more research on the herb, which is a stimulant for felines, and a sedative for humans, and these actions may transfer to the essential oil.
Properties: Anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, insecticide, nervine, sedative, tonic
Benefits: Chills, flatulence, insect bites or repellent, insomnia, muscular aches and pains, nervous tension. Catnip may add a rich note to a blend.
Blends Well With: Grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, orange, rosemary, spearmint
Of Interest: The active constituent in catnip nepetalactone, has been found to be more effective than the insect repellent diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET).
Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.