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Use of Menthol
Pharmacy and Medicine
Menthol has a cooling effect, e.g. on a sore muscle. After a time, the receptors are activated (menthol effect), and the temperature in the muscles increases, which causes the expansion of blood vessels and finally warms up the application site. This compound is commonly used in external preparations for rubbing painful muscles, as well as internally for colds or indigestion.
Menthol is also an ingredient that provides flavor and aroma. It also helps to clear the nose and reduce runny nose. It is commonly found in mouth fluids as a breath-freshening ingredient that feels fresh and clean.
Production of cosmetics
Menthol has become particularly popular in the field of cosmetics production. It is also appreciated for its duality of action, because on the one hand it cools and is suitable for skin burns, but on the other hand, it helps to warm up the body in a situation of frostbite, hypothermia. It can be found in disinfectant cosmetics, giving a cooling sensation. This is why it is often found in:
- Disinfectants, shampoos, aftershaves, and foot care products
- It is also usually added to toothpaste
- It is also recommended for people who suffer from dandruff, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, or athlete’s foot
Due to the previously mentioned antibacterial and antifungal properties. That is why it is often used as a component of cosmetics for such ailments. It is also used in the production of after-sun cosmetics. It is commonly added to various cosmetic products to give them a beautiful menthol scent. It is also an ingredient in shaving cosmetics due to its hair-lifting effect, which makes shaving easier. In addition, it is an ingredient of various cold and wind protection cosmetics, in which case it protects the skin from damage and irritation. It is also commonly contained in essential oils, used medicinally, and in saunas.