- Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Extraction Method: Steam distillation
- Plant Part: Leaves and flowers
- Origin: Native to Europe and Asia, now widely cultivated
Appearance and Aroma:
- Color: Clear to pale yellow
- Consistency: Liquid
- Aroma: Herbaceous, slightly sweet, and refreshing with a hint of mint
Properties and Uses for People:
- Soothing: Catnip hydrosol has calming properties that can help reduce stress, anxiety, and nervous tension in humans.
- Relaxing: It promotes relaxation and can be used as a calming facial mist or added to bathwater for a soothing experience.
- Skin Tonic: Catnip hydrosol is known to have toning and clarifying effects on the skin. It can be used as a facial toner or added to skincare products.
Properties and Uses for Cats:
- Attractant: Catnip hydrosol has a natural attraction on cats and can be used to encourage play and interaction. It may also help redirect their attention away from destructive behavior.
- Relaxant: Catnip hydrosol can have a calming effect on cats, helping to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
- Enrichment: It can be sprayed on scratching posts, bedding, or toys to provide an enriching and stimulating environment for cats.
Note: While catnip hydrosol is generally safe for cats, it is recommended to monitor their reaction and use it in moderation. Some cats may have a stronger response to catnip than others.
- For People: Use as a facial mist, body spray, or add to bathwater for a relaxing experience. Can also be added to homemade skincare products.
- For Cats: Spray onto toys, bedding, scratching posts, or play areas to encourage play and relaxation. Use in moderation and observe your cat's response.
Please remember to consult with a veterinarian for specific guidance on using catnip hydrosol with your cat.
This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.