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Catnip Essential Oil

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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

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

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.

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

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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