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Catnip Essential Oil

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Submerge into the gentle, tranquil embrace of Edens Garden Catnip essential oil, a unique botanical treasure cherished for its soothing wellness properties and often infused into herbal teas for luxurious indulgence. This perennial essence, native to Europe and flourishing across North America, offers more than just a feline allure; it's an aromatic passport to serenity and repose for us humans, too.

When you breathe in the subtle, herbaceous scent of Catnip essential oil through your diffuser, you're not just enjoying a delightful aroma—you're partaking in a tradition steeped in nature's own remedy. But it's not just about relaxation. The main component, terpenoid nepetalactone, obtained through steam distillation, doubles as a modestly effective deterrent against pesky mosquitoes and flies, proving that nature's gifts are as practical as they are pleasant.

And if you're seeking a more personal touch of tranquility, combine Catnip essential oil with a carrier oil to create a homemade skin soother, perfect for bringing calm to your day or prepping for a restful night. We know our furry feline friends are drawn to the charm of Catnip, but due to its potent nature, we advise enjoying this oil away from your whiskered companions. Dive into the naturally nurturing essence of Catnip and let Edens Garden guide you to a haven of calm and protection.


Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria

Origin: Canada

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Flowering Tops

Note: Middle

Family: Lamiaceae

Blends Well With: Lavender, Citruses and Mints

Aroma: Sweet, herbaceous, potent

Consistency: Thin- Medium

Color: Pale Yellow

Safety & Shelf life

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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to use Catnip essential for cats?
  • 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.
How to make Catnip essential oil?
  • 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.
What is Catnip essential oil used for?
  • 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.
How effective is Catnip essential oil?
  • 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.
Is Catnip essential oil a true essential oil?
  • 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.
Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Catnip Oil batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Nepeta cataria . No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

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.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

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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