Peppermint

menthol

introduction

Even if you are not familiar with essential oils, you are probably familiar with menthol and regularly use products containing it. One of the most well-known and used terpene compounds is menthol, a monoterpene alcohol found in high concentrations in several mints, especially corn and peppermint. While best known for its skin cooling and breathing benefits, its surface cleansing, body system support and pest control agent have also been extensively researched*.

History

Menthol is one of the oldest known terpene compounds. There is some evidence that it was identified in Japan in the first century AD and it has a long history of use in traditional herbal preparations. In the Western world, it was first isolated in Germany in the late 18th century. Today, it is one of the most isolated and synthetically produced terpene compounds due to its many benefits and applications. With demand far exceeding natural supply, more than 3.000 tons of menthol are synthetically produced for commercial use every year. Menthol is an active ingredient in numerous products ranging from aftershave to topically applied muscle cooling lotions. It is also extensively used as a flavoring in baked goods, chewing gum and oral hygiene products, and in perfumery it is often used to emphasize floral notes.

Use

Clinical and experimental research shows that topically applied menthol has a soothing and cooling effect on the skin. The mechanism behind this effect is menthol's unique ability to trigger specific receptors (TRPM8) in the skin that are cold sensitive. This property is why peppermint one of the primary ingredients is in the doTERRA Deep Blue® line. if you are little Deep Blue Soothing Blend of Deep Blue Rub used, dilute 1-2 drops peppermint in lotion and apply to muscles and joints after a workout, or use as a complement to a soothing massage. In case of overheating, add a few drops peppermint Add a cold water compress or foot bath to cool down. The cooling sensation is also great when applied to the scalp: add 1-2 drops peppermint to your shampoo or conditioner.

The skin-supporting benefits of menthol are not limited to its cooling effect. Clinical and experimental research also suggests that menthol has cleansing properties that can help reduce the appearance of blemishes. Add a drop or two of peppermint to your favorite moisturizer and apply daily for healthy, glowing skin.

peppermint is often referred to as a “vitalizing” essential oil, and by examining the research it is easy to understand why. Clinical and experimental research suggests that aromatic use of menthol may have a calming and cooling effect on the airways, promoting a feeling of clear breathing. One of the most popular ways to Peppermint oil to experience is right before you do anything active. Place a few drops in your palms, rub them together and inhale directly for an energizing boost and to support the feeling of clear breathing.

The menthol not only cleanses the skin, but can also boost the power of your household cleaners. Experimental research suggests that menthol has cleansing properties that may support its use as a surface cleaner. If you are tired of the same old citrus-based DIY cleanser (although limonene itself is a powerful cleanser), try 10-15 drops peppermint to a glass spray bottle of water and white vinegar the next time you attack the grime on your kitchen counters.

Menthol is used extensively as a flavoring in candy and even toothpaste, but its internal benefits far outweigh the potent mint flavor. Experimental research suggests that menthol taken internally may aid digestion.* Experimental research also suggests that menthol may promote healthy cellular function when taken internally.* For digestive support, take 2-3 Peppermint Beadlets before a large meal or as needed, or take one to two drops in a Veggie Cap to relieve the stomach from time to time.* In the same way, try 1-2 drops every morning peppermint essential oil to your chocolate Slim & Sassy® TrimShake for your daily cellular support.*

Its use in mouthwash and toothpaste is not strictly for taste, clinical research suggests that menthol can help maintain a clean, fresh smelling and healthy mouth when used as part of a regular hygiene routine. Add a single drop peppermint Add to your toothpaste while brushing your teeth every morning and evening, or place a single drop in your mouth when you need a quick breath freshener.

One of the lesser known uses of peppermint is like a natural insect repellent. Experimental research suggests that menthol may act as an insect repellent when used aromatically or applied topically. In the summer you can peppermint around windows and doors, or topically diluted and applied to arms and legs for a day trip to naturally repel insects.

Conclusion

One of the earliest identified monoterpenes, menthol, is also one of the most researched. Whether it's skin soothing, respiratory or digestive support, skin or surface cleansing, repellent or just a quick breath freshener, reap the benefits of menthol with CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® peppermint essential oil.*

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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