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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. Lots of anecdotal statements exist that it is effective as an insect repellent. 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.]

Major Constituents:
Nepetalactone Isomers
Nepetalic acid
Dihydronepetalactone
B-Caryophyllene
Caryophyllene oxide
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[C. Bourrel, F. Perineau, G. Michel, J.M. Bessiere, Catnip (Nepta cataria L.) Essential Oil: Analysis of Chemical Constituents, Bacteriostatic and Fungistatic Properties. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 5, 1993), 159-167. R.A. Malizia, J.S. Molli, D.A. Cardell, et al., Volatile Constituents of the Essential Oil of Nepeta Cataria L. Grown in Cordoba Province (Argentina). (Journal of Essential Oil Research 8, 1996), 565-567. N.V. Handjieva, S.S. Popov, Constituents of Essential Oils From Nepeta cararia L. N. grandiflora M.B. and N. nuda. (Journal of Essential oil Research 8, 1996), 639-643. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 237.]

Safety Information: Tisserand advises that Catnip Oil may be a skin sensitizer and to use it with caution. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 237.]

 

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