- Color: Pale Yellow/Orange
- Oil Consistency: Medium
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Initial Aroma Strength: Medium
- Scent: Herbaceous with a subdued mint aroma.
Action: Topical anesthetic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, astringent, carminative, nervine, sedative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, stomachic, stimulant
Benefits, Indications: Apart from treating digestive problems, catnip essential oil is useful in times of stress as it has a calming effect. Nepetalactone, the prime chemical present in Nepeta cataria, is similar to that of the ingredient present is valerian root. Hence, catnip essential oil is used to treat sleeping disorders like insomnia. Owing to its antimicrobial property, catnip is also used to treat influenza and the common cold.
Catnip essential oil is used traditionally to treat hives, measles, and chicken pox. Catnip oil is beneficial for people suffering from chronic gas. It can also be used to treat infant colic as it expels gas from the intestines quickly and safely. However, always check with your doctor before self-medicating children and infants.
Chemical Constituents: Nepetalactone (60-95%), Nepetalactone, caryophyllene, epi-nepetalcatone, trans-ocimene, myrcene, cis-ocimene
Precautions: May be a skin sensitizer and to use it with caution. Avoid use during pregnancy and to avoid use in babies and children.
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