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Catmint/Catnip Essential Oil

Catnip Oil
Catnip Oil
    

Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Buds

Color: Pale Yellow/Orange

Consistency: Medium

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Description: Herbaceous with a subdued mint aroma.

Catnip Oil Uses: Minimal documentation on essential oil use. May act as a topical anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, astringent, carminative, nervine, sedative. [Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual (Tampa, FL: Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, 1994), 309.]

Constituents: Nepetalactone (60-95%). [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 214.]

Nepetalactone, caryophyllene, epi-nepetalcatone, trans-ocimene, myrcene, cis-ocimene. [Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual (Tampa, FL: Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, 1994), 309.]

Safety Information: Tisserand advises that Catnip Oil may be a skin sensitizer and to use it with caution. Sheppard-Hanger advises to avoid use of Catnip Oil during pregnancy and to avoid use in babies and children.

Important Note: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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