Catnip - Conventional Essential Oil - Nepeta cataria L. var. citriodora, fam. Lamiaceae (Labiatae) - USA
Botanical NameNepeta cataria L. var. citriodora, fam. Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Part of PlantFlowering Tops
Extraction MethodSteam distillation
Country of OriginUSA
DescriptionCatnip oil has an earthy, harsh, strong aroma. Initially it might be described as quite herbal, however, as it evolves it becomes less harsh and more sweet and grassy, much like a sweet hay with tobacco undertones. The natural constituent found in Catnip, nepetalactone, is said to be a great defense against mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects. It's important to note that, unless diluted correctly, it's best to avoid use of the Catnip oil on or around cats due to its potency and potential to overwhelm the animal.
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