Catnip Essential Oil
Catnip Essential Oil Latin name: Nepeta cataria
Synonyms: Catnep, catmint
Plant family: Lamiaceae
Extraction: Steam distillation
Plant characteristics: A short, medium-sized perennial with heart-shaped, gently toothed leaves, which are covered in a soft greyish down. From June the nettle-shaped florets appear in mauve whorls around the leafy stems.
Catnip Essential Oil characteristics: A pale yellow liquid with a herbaceous-woody, pungent odour, with slight lemony undertones.
Traditional use: Has mainly been used for nervous and digestive complaints, menstrual conditions, chills and cramp. Mentioned in the British Pharmacopoeia for colic in children.
Blends well with: Lemon, Lavender, Geranium, Clary and Niaouli.
Cautions and comments: No known contra-indications, but do not overuse during pregnancy.
Main chemical constituents: Citral, neral, geraniol, limonene (a balanced chemical mixture of aldehydes, alcohols and terpenes).
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.