Catnip Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Nepeta cataria
Other names: Catmint, Catswort
Country of Origin: Canada
Part of plant used in production: Leaf and stem
Methods of production: Steam distillation
Description: Catnip is a perennial, herbaceous plant blooming late spring to autumn. Resembling typical members of the mint family.
Characteristics: The oil is a clear, yellow to light brown liquid that is rich, herbaceous in aroma with a mild floral note.
Properties: Sedative, Carminative, Diuretic, Nervine, Emmenagogue, and Diaphoretic.
Constituents: Nepetalactone, β-caryophyllene, α-humulene, carvone, cis ocimene, limonene, α-pinene, β-pinene.
Uses: Traditionally, catnip is used as an insect repellent. It also helps in alleviating fever, migraine, ulcers and nervous system disorders as well as easing muscular, intestinal or menstrual cramps.
Safety: Avoid use during pregnancy. For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use.