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 Distillation
Plant Part: Flowering Tops
Blends Well With: Lavender, Citruses and Mints
Aroma: Sweet, herbaceous, potent
Consistency: Thin- Medium
Color: Pale Yellow
Safety: If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions. Do not use internally, unless directed by a licensed Aromatherapist or physician. Avoid use if pregnant or breastfeeding
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 3-5 Years
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Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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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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