Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria
Plant Part: Whole plant
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Product Description: Nepeta cataria is a short-lived perennial, herbaceous plant that can attain a size of 3 feet in height and 3 feet wide. The coarse-toothed leaves are triangular to elliptical in shape and the small, bilabiate flowers are showy and fragrant, and are either pink in colour or white with fine spots of pale purple. It blooms from late-spring to the autumn. It is also a herb of the mint family. Catnip essential oil contains mostly Nepetalactone, but also citral, geraniol, citronellol, nerol, thymol and limonene, is extracted by steam distillation.
About one cat in two inherits a sensitivity to the herb. Common behaviors cats display when they sense the bruised leaves or stems of catnip are rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, pawing at it, licking it, and chewing it. Consuming much of the plant is followed by drooling, sleepiness, anxiety, leaping about and purring.
Blends With: Bergamot, Citronella, Clary Sage, Grapefruit White, Helichrysum, Lavandin, Lavender French, Lemon,Marjoram Sweet, Orange Sweet, other Mints, and Rosemary, Rosalina, Sandalwood, and Turmeric.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided. Do not ingest.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.