Essential Oils: Menthol
Updated: Aug 5
Menthol is an organic compound that can be found naturally in peppermint or made synthetically with the use of corn mint, peppermint, and various other mints.
Pure Menthol is a waxy, crystalline substance that appears to be clear or white. It's is a solid at room temperature but melts slightly above.
While being used to treat sinus congestion and throat irritation, Menthol has an energizing aromatic use. TN Scientific uses Menthol in their BUMP Inhalers because of its unique ability to give you a boost of energy! Use BUMP Inhalers to provide your nose cooling, Euphoric Sensations.
First identified in Japan during the 1st Century (AD), Menthol is the oldest known terpene compound. It has a long history of being included in medicinal herbal preparations in this region.
Discovered in Germany, Menthol made its discovery debut in the Western World during the 18th Century. It quickly became the most commonly isolated and synthetically manufactured terpene compounds.
Annually, 3,000 tons of Menthol is manufactured.
Used as the active ingredient in countless products, products such as Vick's VapoRub included Menthol for its cooling sensation. Scents include it to emphasize floral notes.
Properties of Menthol
With its unique ability to trigger cold-sensitive TRPM8 receptors in your skin, Menthol provokes a cooling sensation when applied topically. Rubbing an ointment with Menthol as an active ingredient can alleviate sinus congestion and throat irritation.
Menthol always works as an analgesic. Its pain-relieving effect comes from the ability to block voltage-sensitive sodium channels, reducing neural activity that causes muscle spasms.
In dental care, it's widely used as a topical antibacterial agent.
Uses & Benefits of Menthol
Since the 1st Century AD, many herbal preparations designed to treat and heal have included Menthol.
Studies have shown that when applied topically, Menthol can relieve throat irritation and chest congestion.
Using its ability to trigger specific receptors, Menthol will soothe and cool the skin in the event of irritation.
Clinical and experimental research suggests that the oil's cleansing properties can help reduce blemishes and dark spots.
To boost the power of household cleaners, add some Menthol! By using Menthol aromatically or applying it topically, it can also act as an effective bug repellent.
Menthol is an all-natural energy booster! That sharp burst of energy you get from inhaling Menthol is precisely why TN Scientific has included it in the BUMP Inhaler formula.
Uses in Aromatherapy
To use Menthol aromatically, add a few drops to your humidifier essential oil diffuser. Alternatively, you can create a steam bath with a bowl of hot water and a towel. Add a few drops of Menthol to your water and lean over it, covering your head with the towel. Do this for 15-20 minutes, or as needed.
Inhaling and absorbing Menthol this way can soothe throats, create more comfortable breathing, ease cough and sinus discomforts, calm irritation to the skin, alleviate fever symptoms, and support your immune system.
Uses in Cosmetics
To use cosmetically, add a few drops of Menthol to your daily moisturizer, or use it as a cleanser! Clinical studies have seen evidence of Menthol being able to clear blemishes, diminish dark spots, clear whiteheads, blackheads, and promote cleaner skin. Menthol supports radiant, firmer, and smoother skin.
Menthol is also known to be able to calm irritation, itching, and burning.
Uses in Hair Care
To include Menthol in your hair care routine, try massaging a few drops onto your scalp and leaving it for 15-20 minutes before shampooing as usual.
The use of Menthol can help regulate oil production, eliminate dandruff, eliminate or reduce nits and lice, repair damage, alleviate scalp irritation, and promote the growth of longer, stronger hair.
Tobacco & Menthol
In the 1920s and 1930s, tobacco companies began the use of Menthol in their cigarettes. Found to be able to reduce the harshness of the smoke and irritation from nicotine, Menthol was a hit. Thus, Menthol cigarettes were born.
Almost all cigarettes contain a little bit of Menthol. While the soothing sensation does alleviate irritation, it also opens doors to worse addiction. 18.9 million people smoke menthol cigarettes. A majority of these buyers are younger smokers, who the cooling feeling had a greater influence on.
Be aware that in addition to worse addiction, menthol cigarettes are also known to mask early signs of respiratory problems, with their minty taste and odor.
Since ancient Japanese times, Menthol has been used medicinally in herbal preparations. When introduced to the Western World, Menthol's popularity skyrocketed, and now more than 3,000 tons of it are produced annually.
Used to relieve cold symptoms and irritation for centuries, Menthol is still a popular remedy. With its unique ability to activate specific receptors in the skin, Menthol creates a soothing and cooling sensation that is widely popular.
Menthol can also be used to give yourself an all-natural boost of energy.
Use the TN Scientific BUMP Inhaler to get a fresh whiff of amazing Menthol scent and a sharp burst of energy!
All of the TN Scientific BUMP Inhalers include Menthol. Check them out!
BUMP Inhaler Pink with Eucalyptus Oil, Peppermint Oil, and Frankincense is an all-natural, earthy scent that gives you Euphoric Sensations!
BUMP Green Inhaler with Green Tea Oil, Cherry Blossom, and Lavender Vanilla is a lighter, sweeter scent guaranteed to make the senses tingle and give you Euphoric Sensations!
BUMP Blue Inhaler with Mango, Lemon, and Coconut Oil is a scent that sends you off to paradise! This tropical scent pairs well with the energy-boosting flavors of Peppermint, giving you Euphoric Sensations!
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