Catnip, Canada

100% pure and natural essential oil

Botanical name: Nepeta cataria

Plant Part: flowers

Extraction method: steam distilled

Origin: Canada


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Crop type: 
Conventional culture
Pale yellow liquid.
Characteristic herbal odor
Oil Properties: 
Oil Recommendations: 
Diluted in a vegetable oil, applied locally
Nepeta cataria oil
Product code: EAC637228

Cautions and warnings:
Do not use pure essential oils. Essential oils are diluted in a vegetable oil when applied to the skin. Carry out a skin tolerance test in the crook of your elbow and wait 48 hours before using the oil on the skin. Do not use the essential oil if you notice a reaction such as redness, itching or stinging.
Keep out of reach of children.
If accidental ingestion occurs, seek urgent medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.
Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Essential oils should not be applied to the eyes, the eye contour area, neither into the ears. In case of contact, apply a plenty of vegetable oil and take promptly medical advice.
If symptoms persist or worsen when using essential oil, consult a health care practitioner.
If you have epilepsy or asthma, consult a health care practitioner prior to use.
Avoid exposure of applied area(s) to the sun.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use essential oils.
Known adverse reactions:
If you experience nausea, dizziness, headache or an allergic reaction, discontinue use.
Store in airtight, light-resistant container at room temperature.
The information contained on our site is presented purely for information purposes and cannot, in any case, bind the responsibility of the company. In no way does this information constitute a recommendation for preventive or curative treatment, prescription or diagnosis, nor should it be considered as such.

Words by Anny Schneider

This plant of the Lamiaceae family, also known as the catweed, because cats adore it, has antispasmodic, soothing, digestive and hypotensive properties.

It can be used by inhalation in hot water, diffusion or localized massage once diluted in ten times its volume of vegetable oil.

Origin of this essential oil

This essential oil of Catnip from Canada is distilled from the flowering tops of the plant.


Keep away from children, air, heat and light.

More information

Catnip is an aromatic, fluffy perennial, 1 m tall, with greyish-green, heart-shaped, mint-scented leaves that is native to Europe and acclimatized in North America.

The flowers are white ou purple in whorls, dotted with purple

Dry paths, mountainous regions, up to 1500 m altitude

Known since Antiquity, its cultivation was encouraged in the royal domains of the time of Charlemagne (it is part of the "Capitular De Villis") where it was used to treat fevers during the Middle Ages

There are many herbs with the name Nepeta that do not have the same effects.


The research department of Iowa State University found that the essential oil extracted from Nepeta cataria, called "nepeta essence" and containing nepetalactone, was found to be almost 10 times more effective in repelling mosquitoes than DEET (the name of an insect repellent with the chemical formula N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide or N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide).

However, the essence of nepeta is too volatile to be applied alone to the skin.

It is necessary for this to mix it with more fatty agents or solvents which allow to fix it durably.

Nepeta essence is then an effective repellent, as proven by the study by Amer and Mehlhorn (Abdelkrim Amer and Heinz Mehlhorn, "Repellency effect of forty-one essential oils against Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex mosquitoes", Parasitology Research, vol 99, 27 April 2006, pp. 478–490 (ISSN 0932-0113 and 1432-1955, DOI 10.1007/s00436-006-0184-1)


Main components of essential oil

  • Monoterpene alcohols: citronellol, geraniol
  • Phenols: carvacrol, thymol
  • Lactone: nepetalactone
  • Oxide: 1,8-cineole
  • Monoterpenols: alpha-humulene, alpha-pinene
  • Esters: geranyl acetate

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* L’aromathérapie énergétique - Lydia Bosson

* L’aromathérapie exactement - Pierre Franchomme, Roger Jolis et Daniel Pénoël

* L’aromathérapie, Se soigner par les huiles essentielles - Dr Valnet


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