Menthol is an organic compound made synthetically or obtained from corn mint, peppermint, or other mint oils. As a topical analgesic, menthol is very effective in relieving both itchiness and muscle pain, aches and muscle cramps. Menthol is a main ingredient in creams and emollients used for these purposes. Balms made of menthol are also great in relieving tension headaches, as a rub to treat nausea and vomiting and to counter vertigo.
Pain relief: Menthol has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory actions. Menthol’s potential use in treating respiratory conditions stems from its ability to dilate the bronchioles. Menthol’s use in treating colds, flu and bronchitis is also related to its expectorant actions, which involves thinning and loosening mucous congestion.
As a decongestant, menthol is a main ingredient of cough preparations to relive nasal congestion. Painful sunburn can also be treated with salves made of menthol.
Anti bacterial properties: It is a common ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes to treat bad breath; menthol also has astringent and antibacterial properties that inhibit bacterial growth in the oral cavity.