Catnip Oil

Catnip oil... The compound, nepetalactone, which gives catnip its odor, was found to be 10 times more effective than the popular insect repellent diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET). This is good news if you don’t want to put chemicals on your skin. It is even better news for children!

Catnip is a stimulate for cats and a sedative for humans.

Safer Insect Repellant!

How to make an insect repellant spray:

• In a hand-held spray bottle, mix 1/4-1/2 teaspoonful (1.25 to 2.5 ml) of essential oil of catnip (Nepeta cataria), 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol, and 1 cup of water.

• Shake well and then spray lightly on clothing, arms, and legs, being careful to avoid eyes or open cuts.

• Do not use on the skin of small children. (apply to their clothing instead)

• Some persons may be sensitive to catnip oil.

• Keep the contents of the spray away from children and pets.

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Botanical Name - Nepeta cataria

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Leaf and flower

Note Classification – Middle

Aroma - Rich, herbaceous, mild floral

Largest Producing Countries - USA and Canada

Traditional Use - Traditionally used as an insect repellant. There is more research on the herb, which is a stimulant for felines, and a sedative for humans, and these actions may transfer to the essential oil.

Properties - Anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, insecticide, nervine, sedative, tonic.

Benefits - Chills, flatulence, insect bites or repellent, insomnia, muscular aches and pains, nervous dyspepsia, nervous tension, rheumatism, and stress-related conditions. Catnip may add a rich note to a blend.

Blends Well With - Grapefruit, lavandin, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, other mints, and rosemary.

Safety Data - Catnip oil should be avoided during pregnancy.

Domestic Cat, Tortoiseshell-And-White Rubbing Herself on Flowering Catmint / Catnip
Domestic Cat, Tortoiseshell-And-White Rubbing Herself on Flowering Catmint / Catnip

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