Common Name: Catnip
Latin Binomial: Nepeta cataria L.
Production Method: steam distilled
Countries of Origin: Europe, USA
Description of Oil: Catnip oil has a deep rich golden color and a sweet pastoral scent reminiscent of newly mown grass.
Description of Plant: A perennial herb belonging to the mint family. Catnip is native to Europe and grows wild in most of the United States.
History, Folklore and Myth: Long used in France as a seasoning, catnip was introduced to the U.S. in the late 18th century. Native Americans brewed the leaves for infant colic.
Properties and Uses: Catnip essential oil is proven to be more effective than DEET as mosquito repellent. It is also used for treating migraines and for inducing sleep.
Precautions and Contraindications: low risk of skin sensitization; may be psychotropic
Other Interesting Information: Catnip has also been proven to repel cockroaches.