How to Make Catnip Essential Oil

How to Make Catnip Essential Oil image by A. Johnson


Catnip is a member of the mint family, and over the years it has been used to make herbal tea, treat colds and flavor foods. But mosquitoes are not so wild over catnip, and catnip essential oil is sold as an alternative to traditional bug repellent. You can make your own basic catnip essential oil at home.

Step 1

Dry the catnip by securing several cuttings with twine and hanging upside down.

Step 2

Combine catnip and olive oil in a clean mason jar and secure lid. Use approximately 1/4 oz. dried catnip to 1 cup oil.

Step 3

Leave the sealed jar in a sunny window for several weeks.

Step 4

Strain the catnip from the infused oil, and discard the dried catnip.

Step 5

Store the strained catnip essential oil in a clean jar.

Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil
  • Catnip
  • Twine
  • Mason jar and lid
  • Strainer

Who Can Help

  • Catnip as a Source of Essential Oil
Keywords: catnip, essential, oil

About this Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.

Photo by: A. Johnson