Catnip Essential Oil (Nepeta cataria)


It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the leaves and flowers/buds.


The common names catnip and catmint are sometimes, but not always, used interchangeably to refer to Nepeta cataria. As with all essential oils, it's important to confirm the botanical name of the essential oil that you are working with. This profile specifically pertains to Nepeta cataria.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Fresh Herbaceous Lemony Slightly camphoraceous Slightly sweet

  • Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Nepeta
  • Chemical Family: Aldehydes, Monoterpenols
  • Major Compounds: Nepetalactone Isomers, Nepetalic Acid, Dihydronepetalactone, B-Caryophyllene, Caryophyllene Oxide
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Pale Yellow/Orange
  • Indigenous Country: France
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Buds
  • Shelf Life: 5-6 years
  • Vegan Vegan