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One of the most versatile natural pesticides for the household is the catnip essential oil. It is effective at repelling mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and cockroaches. Catnip oil, just like the catnip plant, is very much liked by most cats. They display signs of affection towards a catnip plant and feel relaxed upon smelling it. They wag their tail and roll about in presence of catnip oil too. Catnip oil acts as a stimulant and an antispasmodic for humans, besides its other therapeutic effects.
Catnip is a flowering plant which resembles mint. It has leaves that look like mint, a stalk that resembles basil with small and cute white flowers on the top of its stalks. Its biological name is Nepeta cataria. While it is native to the lower latitudes of southern Europe and Middle East, it is now widely grown in higher latitudes of northern Europe and North America. Catnip was known in the medieval times and it was used as a nervous tonic to calm anxiety and even serious mental issues like insanity. Its tea is popular as an herbal remedy to relieve colic pain in infants. Women take the tea to bring about a period.
It is aptly called catmint because cats love to smell it and be around it. After inhaling catnip, they tend to go crazy. They roll on the ground, play with the plant and then tend to go jumping about. After some playing around for fifteen minutes or so, they go to sleep.
Essential oil of catnip is created by steam distillation of its volatile constituents. This is much different from the oil prepared by infusing it in any vegetable oil. Essential oil of catnip is one of the most difficult oils to extract because of the peculiar arrangement of volatile compounds in it. A thorough extraction requires precise knowledge of chemistry and a sophisticated setup. Home based distillation units do not produce the complete array of constituents to be considered pure catnip essential oil.
Catnip oil is pale yellow in color with an orange shade at the meniscus. Its aroma is mostly herbaceous, kind of like grass. There is a mild hint of woody and minty tones. It is unpleasant to smell for most humans, but cats absolutely adore it.
Most of what we know about catnip essential oil’s therapeutic effects is based on the anecdotal evidence and experience of aromatherapists. There is not much research to corroborate these effects. Some of the benefits of catnip oil are found to be similar to the herb because the principal agent of its activity is a volatile compound known as nepetalactone.
What is peculiar to note is that catnip essential oil has poor antioxidant activity in comparison to other commonly used essential oils. Since essential oils of plants and spices are highly concentrated, they usually have very powerful antioxidant potentials. But surprisingly, this is not the case with catnip essential oil.
Catnip essential oil holds benefits for us humans too. We can make the best use of catnip essential oil by spreading it in the air using a diffuser. Its aroma possesses strength only for a few hours after diffusion is done. Catnip aroma calms the nerves and alleviates symptoms of anxiety. Mild perspiration may occur, leading to cooling sensations. Digestive problems like bloating and distension produced by intestinal gas are relieved as excess gas is slowly expelled.
It blends well with citrus essential oils like lemon, orange and grapefruit. They add a zesty quality to the blend, which enriches the prevalent herbaceous and minty aroma of catnip. Another essential oil that blends beautifully with catnip is that of rosemary. Some people like to blend it with lavender and chamomile as an aid for sleep.
Cats have a strong sense of smell. If pure catnip essential oil is being diffused, they can easily detect its powerful aroma. This smell is much stronger than catnip infused toys or even the actual herb. A single drop of essential oil requires extraction from many pounds of leaves and fresh flowers of catnip herb. Cats are mostly reticent, somewhat distant and they always try to maintain their elite feline status. But when catnip oil is being diffused, they become active and love to be around the diffuser. They start to sniff and display signs of insensibility, rolling on the ground, or rubbing their cheeks.
One should not use undiluted essential oils directly on cats at all costs. Many essential oils are highly toxic to our feline buddies, because their bodies cannot process the volatile compounds in these essential oils. You can find a list of plants that are particularly toxic to cats on this page.  A detailed list of essential oils toxic to a cat is mentioned here. Catnip essential oil is not among these. But, as with any essential oil, high doses can be harmful to cats, more so than humans because of two reasons. The bodies of cats are not adapted to process many of the volatile compounds. Secondly, they have smaller masses than us. A dosage that is safe for us may be bordering on the dangerous for cats.
It is advised to use catnip essential oil sparingly in presence of cats. One should keep the room well ventilated and always provide the cat a clear access to leave. Care should be taken that they do not go near the diffuser to smell directly from the vent because concentration is higher in its vicinity. Catnip essential oil should not be diffused at high strengths for long periods at a time.
A study was conducted at Oklahoma State University where they studied the response of cats to small doses of nepetalactone, the principal volatile in catnip essential oil. They found that cats are able to tolerate small doses well.  But catnip essential oil contains many more volatile compounds other than nepetalactones. Therefore, one must exercise caution.
Note – Do not use water or witch hazel for diluting catnip essential oil for a cat. Witch hazel is one of the things that cats don’t tolerate well and it may even be poisonous according to the San Francisco SPCA. They have a list of all the common plants and oils that should not be used on cats, which is incredibly helpful to know. 
Catnip essential oil demonstrated repelling action against a few species of mosquito, namely the African malaria mosquito and the Southern house mosquito. It also drives away brown ear ticks. It also drives out the Aedes aegypti mosquito more effectively than DEET. It can be combined with versatile natural insect repelling essential oils wherein it complements their action. We know that many insect repellants available on the market use toxic chemicals. It is safer to use natural substances that act as effective repellants. We can use essential oils to formulate such a mixture for application on our skin. Here is presented a formulation for a Natural Homemade Oil Based Insect Repellent Cream.
Body Care ~ detoxifying properties ~ promotes sweating & urination ~ may help with weight loss & removing toxins ~ offers excellent insect repellant properties x
Circulatory System ~
Digestive System ~ helps treat dyspepsia, colic, flatulence
Immune System ~ helps with fever
Musculoskeletal System ~ helps relief muscular cramps
Nervous System ~ acts as a tonic for the nerves ~ offers sedative properties ~ very effective in treating insomnia, sleeplessness, anxiety, nervousness, tension ~ beneficial for migraines, nervous disorders ~ shaking hands & limbs, vertigo ~ strengthens the nerves
Reproductive System ~ helps to regulate menstruation ~ eases cramps & reduces pain
Emotional ~ Spiritual ~ relaxes both the body & mind
Blends Well With ~ Amyris, Bergamot, Blood Orange, Bush Balm Mint, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clementine, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Lemon Scented, Geranium, Grapefruit, Grapefruit Pink, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Scented Tea Tree, Lime, Mandarin, Marjoram,, Myrrh, Nerolina, Orange, Peppermint, Rosalina, Rosewood, Rosemary, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spike Lavender, Tangerine, Turmeric, Yuzu
Safety ~ Not recommended to use during pregnancy
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