Aside from attracting our lovely furry friend, the cat, Catnip essential oil has been found to have other uses that could be beneficial when added to homemade soaps or other body care products.
Common Name: Catnip
Botanical Name: Nepeta Cataria
INCI Name: Nepeta cataria oil
Common Extraction Method: Steam distillation of the leaves and flowers.
Plant Origin: Major producers are Canada and USA.
Physical Description: Pale yellow color with a thin consistency.
Aromatic Description: Has a lightly floral, herbaceous scent.
Properties & Benefits: Has anti-spasmodic, astringent, insecticidal, and sedative properties. Is reported to be beneficial for insomnia, muscle aches, nervous tension, and stress-related conditions. Most interestingly, studies have shown Catnip to be ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET.
Blends well with: Cedarwood(virginia), citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, sweet orange, spearmint, and rosemary.
Cautions: Avoid during pregnancy.
This information is provided for reference use only and is not meant to substitute the advice of a licensed health care professional.