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Catnip, a Minty Essential Oil

Catnip oil is extracted from an herbal minty plant, botanically known as Nepeta cataria. The plant was native in Europe and in some parts of Asia, but today it grows anywhere for it can survive in any weather condition.

It is also known as Cat Mint because cats get excited by the smell of its minty aroma. It is some kind of a drug to them, that stimulates their nerves making them act crazy.

The pale yellow to orange catnip oil is an herbal remedy for centuries. It has various properties with multiple health benefits.

Natural Antioxidant

Catnip essential oil are both diaphoretic and diuretic in nature.

Diaphoresis is the process of removing toxins through profuse sweating, while diuresis is through frequent urination.

These will help you reduce your weight, regulate blood pressure, and remove excess salt to keep your heart healthy.

Regulates Menstruation

Catnip is an emmenagogue herb. It means, it stimulates blood flow which helps regulate menstruation, and eases abdomenal cramps and pains.

Relieves Spasms and Gas Build-Up

Catnip oil relieves several pain complaints caused by common cramps and spasms, either in intestinal, muscular or respiratory.

Catnip oil is also excellent for those who have chronic gas problems. It eliminates gas through downward movement and prevents any complications naturally.

  

Effective in Insomnia, Stress, and Anxiety

It is a good choice to calm the mind and deal with feelings of anxiety, stress and insomnia — opposite to what’s happening to the cats once they sniffed the minty aroma.

Protects the Skin

Catnip oil has astringent properties which tighten the loose skin, muscles and even the gums.

Catnip also contain a compound which can repel mosquitoes and bugs, thus protecting the skin from their bites and other inflammatory reactions.

Ways to Use Catnip Oil

Like any other essential oil, catnip oil has different kinds of preparation prior to use. This depends on the conditions that need treatment.

Inhalation – you can inhale catnip oil directly, from the container or by dropping enough amount on your palms

Use of Diffuser – blend with other oils — peppermint, myrrh, eucalyptus, geranium, citronella, and lemon, and placed in a diffuser, and it will help calm your body and mind

Topical Application – dilute catnip essential oil in a carrier oil and apply to affected to areas

As an Insect Repellant – Catnip oil is mixed with distilled water, witch hazel, and a carrier oil of choice. Transfer mixture on spray bottle and apply on your skin whenever needed to keep insects away.

Warnings

  1. It should not be used undiluted.
  2. Not recommended for pregnant women and children.
  3. Women with heavy menstruation and with pelvic inflammatory disease should avoid using catnip oil.
  4. Patients taking other diuretic medicines should consult physician before using catnip oil. Same with those on sedatives.
  5. Do not apply directly near your eyes or mucous membranes and must not be taken orally without proper guidance or a physician’s advice.
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