GC-MS fingerprints of mint essential oils

Mirosław A. Hawrył 1 , Krystyna Skalicka-Woźniak 2 , Ryszard Świeboda 1 , Małgorzata Niemiec 1 , Klaudia Stępak 1 , Monika Waksmundzka-Hajnos 1 , Anna Hawrył 1 ,  and Grażyna Szymczak 3
  • 1 Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Medical University of Lublin, Chodźki 4A St., 20-093 Lublin, Poland
  • 2 Department of Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Plant Units, Medical University of Lublin, Chodzki 1 St., 20-093 Lublin, Poland
  • 3 Botanical Garden, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Sławinkowska 3, 20-810 Lublin, Poland


Essential oils from eleven Mentha species were obtained by Deryng hydrodistillation and analysed by GC–MS: 44 compounds were identified. The most abundant were menthone, isomenthone, menthol, carvone, piperitone oxide, D-limonene and eucalyptol. Chemometric similarity measures and principal component analysis were calculated, allowing comparisons based on secondary metabolite content. The fingerprints may be helpful in chemotaxonomy.

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