NepCat1 Catnip oil, American

Essential Oils
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Botanical Name
Nepeta cataria L. var. citriodora, fam. Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of Origin
Method of Extraction
Steam distillation
Part of Plant
Flowering Tops
UN Number
Catnip oil has an earthy, harsh, strong aroma. Initially it might be described as quite herbal, however, as it evolves it becomes less harsh and more sweet and grassy, much like a sweet hay with tobacco undertones. The natural constituent found in Catnip, nepetalactone, is said to be a great defense against mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects. It's important to note that, unless diluted correctly, it's best to avoid use of the Catnip oil on or around cats due to its potency and potential to overwhelm the animal.
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