Catnip | Latin Name: Nepeta cataria | Family: Lamiaceae | Extraction: Steam Distillation | Plant Part: Flowering Tops
Catnip Essential Oil is a pale yellow liquid with a herbaceous-woody, pungent odour, with slight lemony undertones.
A short, medium-sized perennial with heart-shaped, gently toothed leaves, which are covered in a soft greyish down. From June the nettle-shaped florets appear in mauve whorls around the leafy stems. The whole plant has a scent that is attractive to cats. native to Europe and parts of Asia (Himalayas), naturalized throughout North America and South Africa but cultivated for oil in the Mediterranean region. There are numerous similar species found around the world, it has a long history as a herbal remedy for nervous and digestive complaints.