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.
Blends well with: Grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, orange, rosemary, spearmint.
Interesting Facts: The herb is a stimulant for felines, where most find an intense attraction to them – this is where the name Catnip derived from.
Safety: Avoid during pregnancy