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Lemon Catnip Essential Oil

  • Nepeta cataria var citriodora
  • Origin: France
Lemon Catnip Essential Oil


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Botanical Name

Nepeta cataria var citriodora

Parts Used

Aerial Portion

Extraction Method

Steam distilled

Note Classification

Top to Middle


Strong, lemony floral with a rounded herbaceous catnip-like back note.


Traditionally catnip essential oil has been used as an insect repellant due to the nepetalactone content of the oil. Lemon catnip has a much lower nepetalactone level than traditional catnip oil. However, lemon catnip also contains citronellol and geraniol which attribute to repellant actions of the oil.

Lemon catnip does have the characteristic catnip aroma. However, it is intertwined with geranium-like and citrus notes that combine to make a very complex oil. Extremely tenacious, a little will go a long way in a blend.

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.


Our 1/8 oz. and 1/4 oz. oils are packaged in an amber vial with screw cap. A dropper is provided, though we do not recommend storing the dropper in the bottle. 1/2 oz. and 1 oz. sizes are packaged in an amber glass bottle with a reducer cap.


Geraniol, Citronellol, Citral, Linalol, Nepetalactone

Blends Well With

Cedarwood, citronella, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, orange, rosemary, and sandalwood.


Oil Specific: May cause skin irritation.
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.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.