Bergamot Mint Essential Oil
Bergamot Mint Essential Oil is a delightful oil to work with, and it is increasingly becoming one of my favorite essential oils. Its composition is somewhat similar to that of Lavender Essential Oil, and it makes a lovely synergistic complement or substitute for lavender in particular blends.
Bergamot Mint Essential Oil is calming, relaxing, and is simultaneously uplifting to the spirits. Aromatically, Bergamot Mint Oil resembles a combination of fresh herbals, lavender, a touch of citrus and a hint of mint. Although it falls within the Mentha family, the GC/MS reports that I've reviewed show that it possesses only about 1-2% menthol and only a trace amount of cineole. It is much gentler in mint intensity than Peppermint Oil because Peppermint Oil typically contains 40-45% menthol and approximately 5% (or so) cineole content.
Bergamot Mint Essential Oil is sometimes referred to as Lemon Mint Oil.
Mentha Citrata / Mentha aquatica L. var. citrata
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong
Fresh, sweet, herbaceous, minty, with subtle citrus and floral characteristics.
Bergamot Mint Essential Oil Uses
Respiratory, Congestion, Sore Muscles, Digestion, Nausea, Motivation, Inspiration. [Andrea Butje, The Heart of Aromatherapy (Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc., 2017), 36-37.]
Bergamot Mint Essential Oil is also used for perfumery and fragrancing applications.
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1976-1978 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1979), 20. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 352.]
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Bergamot Mint Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 352.]
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