Mountain Rose Herbs

Catnip Essential Oil

  • Nepeta cataria
  • Origin: USA
Catnip Essential Oil


Parts Used

Leaf and flower

Extraction Method

Steam distilled

Note Classification



Rich, herbaceous, mild floral


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.

Blends Well With

Grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, orange, rosemary, spearmint

Herbal Miscellany

The active constituent in catnip nepetalactone, has been found to be more effective than the insect repellent diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET).


Oil Specific: Avoid while pregnant.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. 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.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.