Catnip is a mildly aromatic perennial also cultivated for support of human wellness and is sometimes used in herbal teas. Though the plant is often enjoyed by cats, it is best to avoid use of the essential oil around your feline friends due to its potency and potential to overwhelm the animals' sensitive system.
The essential oil may be enjoyed in simple diffusion or blended into carrier oils for use on human skin. Catnip essential oil in conjunction with other essential oils imparts a subtle aroma and feel of serenity and repose.
Catnip is native to Europe and is also widely naturalized in North America. The common name ‘catmint’ may also refer to the genus as a whole. The names catnip and catmint are derived from the intense attraction that domestic and some wild felines show towards these plants.
A naturally occurring chemical within Catnip 'terpenoid nepetalactone' is the main chemical constituent of the essential oil of Catnip and it is often extracted by steam distillation. Nepetalactone is a modestly effective mosquito and fly deterrent.
Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Flowering Tops
Blends Well With: Lavender, Citruses and Mints
Aroma: Sweet, herbaceous, potent
Consistency: Thin- Medium
Color: Pale Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 3-5 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Unlike catnip grass, Catnip essential oil is much more concentrated and has no known therapeutic benefits toward cats. If choosing to use Catnip essential oil for yourself where your cat is present, it’s important to look out for warning signs such as behavioral differences, such as whining, scratching or acting loopy. Stop using essential oils around your cat if you notice these signs, and don’t use essential oils around kittens and pregnant cats. We don’t recommend applying essential oils to If you decide to diffuse Catnip oil around your cat, but be sure to do so in a well-ventilated room where your cat can leave if desired. The essential oil may be too overwhelming for their senses.
- Catnip essential oil, Nepeta cataria, is made via steam distillation. In steam distillation, plant material is placed in a still, water is added, then heat is applied to the unit. As water heats, plants release their essential oil, the oil rises with steam droplets that are sucked into a pipe and the oil and water are then separated. While it may not be possible to make Catnip essential oil at home without a still, you can make aromatic hydrosol water that contains many of the same therapeutic benefits as essential oil. Click here for instructions on how to make your own hydrosol.
- When in the midst of a chaotic day and in need of stress relief, Catnip essential oil will help to calm and balance as well as act to protect emotional state. Use it in sleep and relaxation blends to usher in a peaceful night without worry. It helps to release joints and muscle tension when used in massage oil blends. It works effectively in blends as a mosquito &insect repellent especially when paired with Citronella, Eucalyptus- Lemon, Cedarwood and even with Patchouli.
- The component nepetalactone is well studied for its effectiveness as a bug repellent that deters many biting insects including mosquitos, bees, flies, fleas, and ticks. As a physical relief essential oil, Catnip relieves muscle spasms and in blends to reduce microbes, it works extremely well in blends to fight undesirable bacteria, fungi and viruses.
- Yes, Catnip is a true essential oil. This middle note essential oil is made by steam distilling the flowering tops of the plant. The plant is native to Europe and was naturalized in North America. Edens Garden Catnip essential oil has its origins in Canada. It is rumored that cats would roll in catnip as an insect repellent which is why so many cats are attracted to the dried leaves.
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BUG OFF: Combine 1 oz distilled water, Polysorbate 20 (manufacturer's recommended amount), 10 drops Catnip and 5 drops Lavender Greek. Stir thoroughly to combine and transfer to a glass spray bottle. Spray onto clothes and skin prior to going outdoors. Shelf life: 1 week, unless preservative is added.
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