Also known as catmint, this perennial herb is known for its ability to instill a happy buzz in felines, but it has a multitude of human benefits, too. Its aromatic leaves are gathered when its blue, lavender or white flowers bloom in summer and autumn. Its ornamental foliage gives forth a pleasant, minty aroma.
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Plant Part Used
Medium-strong. Herbaceous and minty.
Soothes both body and mind. Promotes a sense of serenity.
Blends Well With
Cedarwood, Chamomile, Citronella, Geranium, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Orange, Rosemary, Spearmint
History of Catnip
Native to Europe & Asia, catnip has been used in herbal applications since the 15th century. Prior to the importation of teas from the Orient, it was the most widely consumed beverage in Europe, used also as kitchen aid and stimulating herb. The Colonists brought catnip over to the New World, but it turns out it was already present. Sly and fun like its moniker; catnip offers a bevy of benefits unknown to most. Another bonus? Your more fickle kitties will be inexplicably drawn to you…
Using Essential Catnip Oil
All essential oil blends are for aromatherapy use only and are not for ingesting!
Leave Me Alone
Send buzzy insect pests packing with this potent potion!
Kitty's Herbal Tea Scent
Uplifting, yet soothing, this tea-like scent is the cat's meow!
Bath & Shower
Add 5-10 drops to hot bath water, or sprinkle into shower steam before getting in for an at-home spa experience.
8-10 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil. Apply a small amount directly to areas of concern, such as muscles, skin or joints. Work the oil gently into the skin until it is fully absorbed.
Inhale the aromatic vapors directly from the bottle, or place a few drops in a burner or diffuser to fill a room with its scent.
This oil can be used in your homemade DIY projects, such as in candles, soaps, and body care products!