Catnip Essential Oil

Distillation Method:
Steam
Country of Origin:
Canada
Plant Part:
Flowering Tops
Latin Name:
Nepeta cataria
Cultivation:
Naturally Grown

About the Oil: This Canadian essential oil of Catnip has a high concentration of neptalactone which gives it an exceptional ability to repel mosquitos.

Grouped product items
Product Name Qty
10mL
$54.96
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5mL
$31.18
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30mL
$141.94
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60mL
$254.02
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Sample
$2.00
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Drops per ml

Blending Tips

51

Chemical Families

Monoterpenol
N/A
Monoterpene
N/A
Ester
N/A
Description

ABOUT THE PLANT

Nepeta cataria, commonly known as catnip, catswort, or catmint, is a species of the genus Nepeta in the family Lamiaceae (mint). Native to southern and eastern Europe, the Middle East, central Asia, and parts of China, it is also widely naturalized in northern Europe, New Zealand, and North America. The name is derived from the intense attraction most cats have towards it.

ABOUT THE OIL

Our Catnip essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the catnip herb grown in Canada. Catnip oil is especially pungent and has an herbaceous, complex aroma. It is prized for its exceptional ability to repel mosquitos and can be used at very low concentrations in your formulas for this purpose. It also works remarkably well at repelling all sorts of biting insects – not just mosquitos.

The active compound within the essential oil is nepetalactone. The Canadian essential oil contains a higher percentage of neptalactone and has a slightly gentler aroma than that produced in the USA. We generally recommend blending with other insect-repelling oils as the price of this oil is considerably higher than other 'classic' insect repellent oils (Citronella, Geranium, Cedarwood and Lemongrass). Catnip should be used at a much lower concentration; around 1-3%. It can be effectively blended with these other oils in a base to produce an effective natural insect repellent, without any of the worries of the potential harm from commercial chemicals.

Suggested Use

USES

  • repels insects
Application

TOPICAL

  • Apply Catnip essential oil topically in low dilutions, in either an alcohol or unscented cream base.
Aromatherapy Details

Catnip essential oil has a quite pungent, complex herbaceous aroma.

Safety

Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Young children may be sensitive to this essential oil. Keep their exposure to low doses, and test a small amount first before further application.

If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician.