- Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria
- CAS No.: 8023-84-5
- EC No.: 284-520-5
- Flash Point (°C): 84
- Refractive Index: 1.4782-1.4890 at 20°C
- Specific Gravity: 1.0220-1.0780 at 25 °C
- Optical Rotation (°): -15 to +15
- Color: Pale Yellow/Orange
- Solubility: Soluble in alcohol & oils, insoluble in water
Nepeta cataria is native to Europe, Central Asia, and part of China. It has become naturalized in North America and temperate Asia.
Catnip is a herb that has been recognized for its medicinal properties for many centuries. Harvesting period From June to September.
The common method of extraction is the steam distillation of leaves, flowers &buds. The yield of essential oil is 0.1 to 0.4%.
In Perfumery, it is used as a middle Note.
Due to its composition of the lactone nepetalactone, Catnip essential oil is regarded for its potential as a mosquito repellent. Nepetalactone which gives the catnip oil its characteristic odor is a major constituent (about 84%) of catnip oil. Nepetalactone has repellant effects on some insects like cockroaches and mosquitoes.
Rich herbaceous aroma.
Nepetalactone Isomers, Nepetalic Acid, Dihydronepetalactone, B-Caryophyllene, Caryophyllene Oxide, limonene, a and ß citral, geraniol, thymol, and carvacrol
~ Since Catnip oil is Anti-Microbial, Antiseptic, and Anti-Spasmodic, it cures all these problems.
~ Due to the presence of the nepetalactone, Catnip essential oil can be used to develop effective mosquito and insect repellent.
Massage and inhaling with very dilute oil works particularly well against tension headaches and can induce a sense of relaxation, triggering relief from stress and anxiety. Catnip essential oil is an excellent sedative. It helps in inducing sleep, relaxes both body and mind.
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