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CATNIP ESSENTIAL OIL
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CATNIP HERBAL DESCRIPTION

Catnip is a perennial herb and part of the mint family. This plant has a square, branching stem that is hairy and grows from 3 to 5 feet high. The oblong, pointed leaves have scalloped edges and gray or whitish hairs on the lower side. The flowers are white with purple spots, and while Catnip is an intoxicating and irresistible herb for cats, humans find it to be beneficial as well. This herb contains nepetalactone, which is what gives Catnip its odor. Recent laboratory experiments at Iowa State University have shown this compound to be 10 times more effective as a mosquito repellant than the insect repellent diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET). It is safe to use, and is also showing promise as a repellant for cockroaches and termites. Catnip also contains vitamins C and E, and is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, which are essential in fighting cataracts and other age-related conditions.



CATNIP USES & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

Catnip is most commonly used as a mild tranquilizer that helps relieve stress, promotes restfulness, and stimulates the appetite. It also works well in soothing babies and children and promoting restfulness and sleep. Catnip is also used to induce sweating without bringing on a fever and promotes menstruation. This herb has also been used to treat anxiety, colds, flu, bronchitis, fever, inflammation, and general aches and pains. The tannins in this herb make it a good remedy for diarrhea, even in children, and for inflammatory bowel conditions and infections, and constipation. It helps reduce pains caused by menstruation and can help regulate periods. Catnip Oil can help prevent and dispel gas, and is mild enough to be used for colic in babies. A strong infusion will help headaches caused by tension, indigestion and stress-related conditions. A hot infusion makes a good antiseptic for sore throats and coughs, a decongestant for catarrh and sinusitis, and a relaxant for croup and asthma. The leaves or ointment made from the juice of this plant can be applied to hemorrhoids to soothe burning and itching or on eruptive skin infections such as measles and chickenpox. The tannins in the leaves speed tissue repair, help stop bleeding of abrasions and cuts, and aid in the healing of burns and scalds, piles and insect bites and other inflammatory skin conditions. A Catnip tincture makes a good friction rub for rheumatoid and arthritis joints. This catís fancy is also used as a mosquito and insect repellent.

Catnip comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. Catnip tea consists of 1 to 2 teaspoons of the herb in 1 cup of boiling water. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day. For children with coughs, 5 ml of a tincture form can be used 3 times per day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.

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CATNIP SAFETY & INTERACTION INFORMATION

There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Catnip. It is mild enough to be used on babies with colic; however, if you are epileptic, have liver or kidney damage, or have cancer, do not use Catnip Oil or any essential oil without the guidance of a qualified physician. Due to its ability to stimulate menstruation, it is best to avoid Catnip while pregnant.


CATNIP ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE

  • Botanical Name: Nepeta Cataria
  • Common Method Of Extraction: Steam Distilled
  • Parts Used: Leaf & Flower
  • Note Classification: Middle
  • Aroma: Rich, Herbaceous, Mild Floral
  • Largest Producing Countries: USA & Canada


  • TRADITIONAL 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.

    BENEFITS: Chills, flatulence, insect bites or repellent, insomnia, muscular aches and pains, nervous dyspepsia, nervous tension, rheumatism, stress-related conditions. Catnip may add a rich note to a blend.

    BLENDS WITH: Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Peppermint, Orange, Rosemary, Spearmint essential oils.

    OF INTEREST: The active constituent in catnip, nepetalactone, has been found to be more effective than the insect repellent diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET).

    SAFETY DATA: Avoid while pregnant.


    The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.




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    CATNIP ESSENTIAL OIL PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Catnip Essential Oil (Nepeta Cataria), Certified Organic Aromatherapy Oils


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Catnip Essential Oil (Nepeta cataria), Herbs & Health, 2 fl oz: HH


    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Catnip Herbal Products
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    Amazon: Catnip Essential Oil, 100% Natural, For Psychic Development, Moon Magick, 1/8 fl. oz. (1 Dram)
    Amazon: Catnip Essential Oil (Nepeta Cataria), 100% Pure, Dr. Adorable Inc, 0.6 oz (18 ml)
    Catnip as an herb has long been reputed to have antispasmodic, carminative, stomachic, astringent and sedative properties. Rubbing Catnip Oil on the forehead is an old remedy for easing the pain of a headache. Poultices including catnip have also sometimes used to help with chest congestion, and a cloth soaked with Catnip Oil has traditionally been used to slow and even reverse fever when wrapped around the forehead and cheeks.
    Amazon: Catnip Essential Oil, Dr. Adorable Inc, 1.1 fl. oz. (36 ml)
    Pure uncut essential oil. The aroma of the Catnip Oil is very strong and reminiscent of citronella. 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. The active constituent in catnip nepetalactone, has been found to be more effective than the insect repellent diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET). Rich, herbaceous, mild floral. Origin: USA. Catnip as an herb has long been reputed to have antispasmodic, carminative, stomachic, astringent and sedative properties. Rubbing Catnip Oil on the forehead is an old remedy for easing the pain of a headache. Poultices including catnip have also sometimes used to help with chest congestion, and a cloth soaked with Catnip Oil has traditionally been used to slow and even reverse fever when wrapped around the forehead and cheeks.
    Amazon: Catnip Essential Oil, Dr. Adorable Inc, 2.2 fl. oz. (70 ml)




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