Catnip Essential Oil
- Distillation Method:
- Country of Origin:
- Plant Part:
- Flowering Tops
- Latin Name:
- Nepeta cataria
- 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.
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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.
- repels insects
- Apply Catnip essential oil topically in low dilutions, in either an alcohol or unscented cream base.
Catnip essential oil has a quite pungent, complex herbaceous aroma.
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.