Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Leaf and flower
odor: Rich, herbaceous, mild floral
Country of Orgin: USA
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
Blends Well With: Grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, orange, rosemary, spearmint
Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant.
Catnip is used for trouble sleeping (insomnia); anxiety; migraine and other headaches; cold and other upper respiratory infections; flu; swine flu; fever; hives; worms; and gastrointestinal (GI) upset, including indigestion, colic, cramping, and gas (flatulence). It is also used as a tonic, for increasing urination, and for starting menstrual periods in girls with delayed onset of menstruation.
Some people apply catnip directly to the skin for arthritis, hemorrhoids, and as a compress to relieve swelling.
Some people also smoke catnip medicinally for respiratory conditions and recreationally for a high.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.)