Bergamot Mint Essential Oil
Mentha citrata/ Mentha aquatica L. var. citrata
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.
Bergamot Mint Essential Oil Benefits and Uses
- Sore Muscles
Source: Andrea Butje, The Heart of Aromatherapy (Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc., 2017), 36-37.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong
Bergamot Mint Essential Oil smells fresh, sweet, herbaceous and minty. It also has subtle underlying citrus and floral characteristics.
Bergamot Mint Essential Oil is also used for perfumery and fragrancing applications.
Sustainability and Conservation Status
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- Linalyl Acetate
- Geranyl Acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for a more complete list of typical constituents.
Source: 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.
Bergamot Mint Essential Oil Safety Information
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.]
General Safety Information
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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