Essential Oil Catnip (15 mL)
Essential Oil Catnip
Catnip oil is made from the catnip plant (Nepeta cataria), which also goes by the name cat mint. This member of the mint family wildly grows as a weed, but may be found in herb gardens as well. Once extracted, the essential oil has a pale yellow or orange colour with a slight minty aroma.
Traditionally used as an insect repellant. There is more research being done on the herb, which is a stimulant for felines, and a sedative for humans, and these actions may transfer to the essential oil.
The active constituent in catnip nepetalactone, has been found to be more effective than the insect repellent diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET)
AROMA: The aroma of the Catnip Oil is very strong and reminiscent of citronella.
HISTORY OF USE
Catnip originated in Asia, Africa, and Europe, where it attracted attention from Roman cooks and doctors who used the herb, and where catnip-infused tea became popular.
Eventually, it was brought by settlers to North America and introduced to Native American tribes, who then used the herb for medicinal purposes. Today, catnip essential oil is used as:
Medicine: It was shown to have antibiotic and astringent properties.
Insect repellent: catnip oil was shown to be more effective in repelling mosquitoes compared to DEET, the most common ingredient in pesticides and insect repellents.
This essential oil was also shown to be able to combat cockroaches, termites, dust mites, and deer ticks. The only setback about catnip oil is that it has a short shelf life.
Caution: NEVER USE INTERNALLY without consulting professional medical help
- Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.
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