Catnip Essential Oil


Also called Cat Mint, catnip is indigenous to Northern Africa, the Mediterranean, and North America. Catnip has been used in European folk remedies from the 1500s, and catnip tea was the most popular herbal beverage in Europe before the introduction of teas from China.

North American catnip is commonly used as a powerful insect repellent and as a stimulant for cats. The nepetalactone in catnip is reportedly at least ten times (some reports say 20 times) more effective than DEET (Diethyltoluamide) at repelling mosquitoes.

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Catnip Essential Oil Profile

Botanical: Nepeta cataria | Origin: Canada | Method: Steam Distilled


Catnip essential oil is a pale yellow to orange liquid with a rich, herbaceous and slightly minty aroma and medium consistency. It blends well with citronella, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, orange, rosemary, and spearmint oils.

Principal Constituents:

These are naturally occurring in the essential oil.

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  • nepetalactone
  • caryophyllene
  • ocimene
  • myrcene


General Actions:

Anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, carminative, nervine, sedative, stomachic.


Catnip oil is a possible skin sensitizer. Do not use catnip oil in pregnancy, or on infants and children under 12 years old.

Primary Therapy Agent:

Insect repellent, insect bites, chills, insomnia, muscle aches and pains, nervous tension, nervous dyspepsia, stress-related conditions.

 Secondary Therapy Agent:

Appetite stimulant, headache, fevers, chest congestion.

Important Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary modality.

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