The organic compound menthol occurs naturally within the mentha arvensis botanical’s secretory gland cells through the process of biosynthesis.
Menthol may be derived by the process of freezing an essential oil derived from a species of mint, after which process the resultant crystals would be removed through a filtering process. In their natural state at room temperature, menthol crystals appear to be colorless or white, solid but small, brittle, satiny crystalline matter with a waxy texture.
In ancient times, although menthol crystals had not yet been discovered, the peppermint plant was used throughout several cultures to address symptoms of colds, such as coughs, and respiratory ailments.
Used cosmetically, menthol crystals contribute a cooling sensation to the skin, which helps reduce the feeling of irritation, itching, and burning. It is used to eliminate blackheads and whiteheads and to diminish the appearance of dark spots as well as age spots, thereby preventing acne outbreaks and promoting clearer skin.
It is known to leave skin feeling cleansed, moisturized, and radiant. Additionally, its astringent property is known to tighten skin, leaving the complexion looking firmer and smoother.
Used medicinally, menthol crystals work to address aches, pains, cramps, sprains, and irritation. By activating the body’s receptors that are sensitive to cold temperatures, menthol crystals contribute a cooling sensation when applied topically or when inhaled, making it ideal for use as a decongestant that promotes the feeling of airways opening up.
Menthol crystals exhibit effective antispasmodic properties that help relax muscles, while their antiemetic quality can address tension headaches, nausea, and dizziness.
Menthol Crystals are reputed to alleviate fever symptoms, coughs, headaches, sinus discomforts, to support immunity, to facilitate healing, and to stabilize the emotions by elevating the mood.
Menthol also has pain-relieving properties when applied topically. It is particularly beneficial in alleviating the pain associated with minor musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, sprains, or muscle cramps.