Nepetalactone is a lactone as found in catnip and honeysuckle.
Lactones are a type of ester not typically found in distilled oils because of their high molecular weight.
Links to Plants Containing Nepetalactone
The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. This compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use of any herb listed.
- The nepetalactone constituent in catnip attracts cats. From: Waller, G. R., Price, G. H., & Mitchell, E. D. (1969). Feline attractant, cis, trans-nepetalactone: Metabolism in the domestic cat. Science, 164(3885), 1281-1282.
By: Kathy Sadowski