Menthol

Menthol

Menthol is an organic compound that can be obtained either naturally or synthetically.  In nature, various plants from the mint family have been used to derive menthol.  In Battle Balm®, we use only pure plant-derived menthol extracted from mentha arvensis, or wild mint.

The history of menthol dates back to the use of mint leaves to treat stomach ache, chest pain, pruritis (itching), and mild nasal congestion.  Species of mint plants are also added to food and beverage recipes.

Throughout time, mint has been highly prized as an internal herbal medicinal to combat stomach upset, gas, indigestion, nausea and vomiting.  Externally, mint and the menthol extract have been studied to have an anesthetic effect to alleviate local nerve pain[1], acute or chronic, as well as reduce joint pain from arthritis via TRPM8[2].  Other topical uses of menthol are for insect bites, hives, itching, and tension headaches[3].

Studies have shown that menthol can be effective against staphylococcus aureus[4].  This is important as staph infections, or cellulitis, are likely to be present where there is skin to skin contact or in areas where many people are in close proximity, such as a gym.

Interestingly, the TRPM8 receptor in the body is activated during either a cold stimulus or a menthol stimulus, which explains why menthol feels 'cold'[5].  The FDA approves menthol as a topical antitussive (cough suppressant), analgesic, anesthetic, and antipruritic.

Battle Balm® contains 100% Certified Organic Menthol as one of its 20 key ingredients.  It's just one of the hand selected herbs used to manage pain and perform as a topical pain reliever and more.  It's an FDA approved active ingredient of Battle Balm®.

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References

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23352972 (Inhibition by menthol and its related chemicals...)
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23820004 (TRPM8 is the Principal Mediator of Menthol-induced Analgesia...)
  3. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/peppermint
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21287163 (Menthol diminishes Staphylococcus aureus...)
  5. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070530132405.htm (Detecting Cold, Feeling Pain...)