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Catmint/Catnip Essential Oil

Catnip

The common names catnip and catmint are sometimes, but not always, used interchangeably to refer to Nepeta cataria.. As with all essential oils, it's important to confirm the botanical name of the essential oil that you are working with. This profile specifically pertains to Nepeta cataria.

Due to its composition of the lactone nepetalactone, Catnip Essential Oil is most highly regarded for its potential as a mosquito repellent. If I am interpreting Dr. Buckle's comment correctly, it is also the nepetalactone that is responsible for catnip's attraction to cats. (The citation applies to Nepeta parnassica, but Nepeta cataria is also cromprised of up to 84% nepetalactone. [Source: Gkinis G., Michaelakis A., Koliopoulos G., Ioannou E., Tzakou O., Roussis V., Evaluation of the repellent effects of Nepeta parnassica extract, essential oil and its major nepetalactone metabolite against mosquitoes. Parasitol Res. PMID: 24449446. Accessed January 27, 2014. As cited in Jane Buckle, PhD, RN, Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare (Third Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2015), 54.]

Botanical Name

Catnip Oil

Nepeta cataria

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant 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

Anti-Microbial, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Congestion, Mosquito-Repellent. [Neryls Purchon and Lora Cantele, Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Toronto ON: Robert Rose, 2014), 44.]

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.]

Shelf Life

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