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Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria Plant Part: Flowers Extraction Method: Steam Distilled Origin: India Color: Pale yellow liquid. Common Uses: Catnip oil is reputed to have antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, emenagogue, nervine, stomachic, stimulant, astringent and sedative properties. Rubbing catnip oil on the forehead is sometimes employed as a means of easing the pain of a headache. Poultices including catnip oil and leaves are also sometimes used to help with chest congestion. A cloth soaked with catnip oil is said to help slow and even reverse fever when wrapped around the forehead and cheeks. . Consistency: Thin Note: Top Strength of Aroma: Strong Aromatic Scent: The aroma of the Catnip Oil is very strong and reminiscent of citronella. Cautions: No Known toxicity. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Posted by Melinda on 25th Jul 2013
Does it smell?- I opened the bottle and it nearly knocked me on my tail! Oh my! It has a burnt pie, thickly sweet, pungent odor. For me, I nearly lost my lunch. And it sticks with you. For a long, long time. I used it in an insect repellant and even when mixed with other oils it was too much. I couldn't bring myself to put it on my body so I can't attest to the effectiveness keeping bugs away. I'll try again in a much, much lower dose.
Posted by Lindsey on 16th May 2013
This oil is very strong. The less you use, the better it smells. Even more so than any other essential oil I have used. When it is very strong, it has an unpleasant maple smell. When used in tiny, trace amounts, it has an aromatic, sort of woody-minty smell that goes very well with lavender and chamomile. I know someone else is going to wonder like I did: This particular oil DOES attract cats, and it also repels insects. Good tip: Don't wear this as a bug repellant when hiking in areas with big cats.... They like it too. ;)