CANADA. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Essential Oil, Steam Distilled
Catnip is part of the amazing Mint family (Lamiaceae) and its essential oil has a slightly minty, herbaceous scent. Aromatically it is considered a middle note for blending.
Catnip essential oil is absolutely my favorite go-to oil for repelling insects and mosquitoes. A recent study shows that Catnip essential oil is more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes. This is an all natural alternative to harmful poisons and chemicals.
Catnip has many beneficial properties including antimicrobial and antioxidant activity, and has a calming effect on the nervous system.
We also have Catnip herb available, grown in the Pacific Northwest, which makes a lovely addition to teas, especially for children, to help support and calm the nervous system. It can be a helpful ally with ADHD and ADD symptoms. (Note: the herb is great for cats, but please don't expose them to Catnip essential oil!)
Our essential oils are sold in amber glass bottles with a dropper orifice for drop-by-drop administration. Do not ingest essential oils unless under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner or experienced aromatherapist. Essential oils should always be diluted in a carrier oil before being applied to the skin. (Some examples of carrier oils: Jojoba, Sunflower, Grapeseed, Rosehip Seed, Castor, and Avocado; gently liquified Coconut Oil, Shea, or Cocoa Butter can also work for creating thicker body care products.) Always test the diluted essential oil on a small patch of skin before applying more widely.
Maximum recommended dilution for adults: 3% (three drops per teaspoon of carrier oil). Catnip essential oil can be a skin sensitizer for some people; use in moderation, and don't use in baths.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.