OK so what is all the fuss about catnip buds?
- Rare to find
- Hand harvested in USA!
- Organically Grown without pesticide or weed killers
- The most potent catnip format
- Non GMO
- Fragrant, pure catnip blossom
- Safe and healthy for cats!
First, it is the most potent dried catnip format you will find. Here’s Why:
Nepetalactone is the natural chemical in catnip that drive cats crazy and gives them those healthy ecstasy moments. The Nepetalactone is contained in the catnip plant essential oil. There is a higher concentration of essential oil in the flower pistils and less in the leaves and stems.
For example, to recognize a great catnip mulched leaf and flower cut, look for the tiny bell shaped pieces in there (the pistils). They contain the most essential oil. They are pieces of the flower top. Then there are leaf and stem pieces in the mix. The more bells in the mix, the most potent the leaf and flower cut!
Also look for a fresh looking, green mix! A Yellowish color indicates that the mix is either old or has been exposed to direct sunlight, which essential oil don’t like! On the other hand, a slightly brown color indicate that the catnip was harvested right at maximum maturity. The milling process for leaf and flower mix destroys a percentage of the essential oil, no matter what. That is why the catnip buds, unaltered, contains the most.
How To Get The Most Potency Out Of Your Catnip Buds
When giving catnip buds to your cat, we recommend crushing a flower piece between your fingers and giving it to your cat after removing the stems.
Guess what? When you crush the buds, you release the essential oil trapped in those tiny pistil bells, and your cat will hear bells once he gets a whiff!
We sell our catnip buds to our retail stores until we run out, it is a seasonal product. Then on to the next spring planting, constantly expanding our fields as more demand from the market is created! The more cat parents try them, the more buds they want! We do our best to keep up with the demand.
Which bring us to the next point: it is a hard and time consuming process to produce good catnip buds, and there are very few catnip producers who offer them in USA. That explains the rarity of the product, its seasonal nature, and its higher price point. And it is well worth it for feline connoisseur!