10 COOLING AND REFRESHING USES FOR MENTHOL CRYSTALS
- The organic compound Menthol occurs naturally within the Mentha arvensis botanical, which is the main Mint variety that is used to obtain Menthol Crystals as well as natural Menthol flakes.
- 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.
- Used in aromatherapy, Menthol Crystals promote easier breathing, temporarily relieve nasal congestion, soothe sore throats, alleviate fever symptoms, coughs, headaches, and sinus discomforts, support immunity, and stabilize the emotions.
- Used cosmetically, Menthol Crystals contribute a cooling sensation to the skin, calm irritation, itching, and burning, eliminate blackheads and whiteheads, diminish the appearance of dark spots and age spots, and promote clearer skin. They also cleanse and moisturize the skin, leaving it looking radiant, firmer, and smoother.
- Used in hair, Menthol Crystals regulate oil production, remove dandruff buildup, eliminate or reduce the number of lice and nits, repair damage, remove pollutants and excess sebum, alleviate inflammation and irritation, stimulate circulation, purify the strands, promote the hair’s natural luster, and encourage the growth of longer, stronger, and more lush hair.
- Used medicinally, their cooling sensation makes Menthol Crystals ideal for addressing aches, pain, cramps, sprains, and irritation. They help relax muscles while easing tension headaches, nausea, dizziness, and they can be used as decongestant agents for their ability to promote the feeling of airways opening up.
HISTORY OF MENTHOL CRYSTALS’ USAGE
The organic compound Menthol occurs naturally within the Mentha arvensis botanical’s secretory gland cells through the process of biosynthesis. Also known as Cornmint, Wild Mint, Field Mint, Japanese Mint, Chinese Mint, or Brazilian Mint, the Mentha arvensis plant is the main Mint variety that is used to obtain Menthol Crystals as well as natural Menthol flakes. 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. Alternatively, it may be produced synthetically.
In their natural state at room temperature, Menthol Crystals appear to be either colorless or white. They are small, solid, but brittle crystalline matter that are satiny and waxy to the touch. At temperatures that are above room temperature, they begin to melt and can easily dissolve in essential oils, water, oil, or alcohol. With a strongly refreshing scent that is characteristic of its originating plant, Menthol is commonly used as an ingredient in oral hygiene products for its stimulating effect and cooling sensation. Its anesthetic properties have made it popular for use in lozenges that soothe sore throats and in salves, ointments, and balms. It is also featured as an ingredient in makeup intended to have plumping and cooling effects, in hair products, and in deodorizing cosmetic products.
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. Peppermint leaves were chewed to eliminate foul breath and to ease throat soreness, and they were used to make poultices to soothe skin afflicted with cuts, wounds, burns, and boils. Some cultures, such as Asian, Egyptian, and Greek cultures, used Peppermint leaves in culinary applications. Eventually, by the 19th century, Menthol arrived in America and gradually gained popularity for its effectiveness in easing various types of pain as well as nausea and congestion.
This article highlights the various benefits, therapeutic properties, and safe uses of Menthol Crystals.
BENEFITS OF MENTHOL CRYSTALS
Furthermore, they soothe sore throats that result from having respiratory infections, allergies, or sinus discomforts. 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.
Used cosmetically, Menthol Crystals contribute a cooling sensation to the skin, which helps reduce the feeling of irritation, itching, and burning. It is believed 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 in hair, the balancing property of Menthol Crystals is reputed to regulate oil production on the scalp and its clarifying quality is known to clear away dandruff buildup. Furthermore, the sharpness of its scent and its cleansing ability helps eliminate or reduce the number of lice and nits while helping to repel any more lice from latching onto the hair, especially when used in conjunction with other treatment products. By repairing damage, removing pollutants and excess sebum, alleviating inflammation and irritation, stimulating circulation, and purifying the strands, natural hair products that are infused with Menthol Crystals can promote the hair’s natural luster and encourage the growth of longer, stronger, and more lush hair.
Used medicinally, Menthol Crystals work to address aches, pain, 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 addresses tension headaches, nausea, and dizziness, thus reducing the risk of vomiting.
As illustrated, Menthol Crystals are reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights their many benefits and the kinds of activity they are believed to exhibit:
- COSMETIC: Antibacterial, Invigorating, Soothing, Cooling, Circulation-Stimulating, Plumping
- MEDICINAL: Analgesic, Anesthetic, Antibacterial, Cooling, Circulation-Stimulating, Expectorant, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Antiemetic, Antitussive
MENTHOL CRYSTALS’ USES
Caution: Menthol is volatile, flammable, and can cause skin irritation if not diluted appropriately. For this reason, it is important to ensure that eyes and hands are protected and that the product is handled in a well-ventilated area away from direct sources of heat.
Used in aromatherapy applications, Menthol Crystals can help reduce congestion in the nose and lungs. To ease respiratory discomforts, add a pinch of Menthol Crystals to a diffuser of personal preference. For a decongestant recipe that does not involve the use of an electric diffuser, begin by by dropping 1-2 crystals into a bowl of steaming hot water, then drape a large towel over the head and the bowl, and simply inhale deeply to open the sinuses. Ensure that the eyes are closed for this, as the Menthol Crystals may sting the eyes. The combination of Menthol Crystals and steam is reputed to soothe irritated, inflamed, and congested sinuses, thus making it easier to breathe by promoting the expulsion of mucus.
For a Menthol Crystal-infused steam inhalation method that can be achieved in the shower, simply arrange ½ tsp. of the crystals around the edge of the shower or the bathtub before beginning to bathe. During the shower or bath, the heat from the water will allow the crystals to melt and exude their invigorating scent, which is reputed to have immune-enhancing qualities.
To make a Menthol Crystal-enriched aromatherapy bronchodilator inhaler, begin by combining the following ingredients in a small amber glass bottle: 1 tsp. Menthol Crystals, 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil. Cap the bottle and shake it well to ensure that all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together. To use this inhaler, simply uncap the bottle and take a few deep breaths through the nose. This deep breathing step can be repeated up to 3 times, with a short break in between each time. This travel-friendly blend is also beneficial for addressing motion sickness, as it works to ease digestion while its carminative properties help to settle an upset stomach.
Used in cosmetic and general topical applications, Menthol Crystals contribute their anti-itch property to soothing moisturizers or to baths and can calm inflamed or sunburned areas of skin. When used in a warm Winter-time bath, Menthol Crystals can address congestion and help strengthen immunity. To make a bath soak recipe with this effect, thoroughly whisk Menthol Crystals together with Pink Himalayan Salt, Epsom Salt, and a total of 28 drops of personally-preferred essential oils. To use the resultant blend, pour the entire amount into a warm bath. If a lesser amount is used, the remainder of the blend can be stored in a jar of personal preference. This blend should only be used by adults.
For a cooling exfoliating scrub that removes dead skin, promotes skin’s natural illumination, and reveals newer, healthier skin, begin by grinding 1 tsp. Menthol Crystals with a mortar and pestle until they are the size of finely ground Sea Salt grains. Next, in a mixing bowl, combine the ground Menthol Crystals with ½ cup Fine Sea Salt and 1 Tbsp. Papaya Powder Fruit Extract. To this, add 45 ml (1.5 oz.) a preferred Carrier Oil and mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. To this blend, add ½ tsp. of either a Fragrance Oil or an Essential Oil of personal preference. Oils with sweet scents are recommended for this recipe. To use this exfoliant, simply scoop a small handful of the scrub with the fingertips and gently rub it into preferred areas of skin, such as those with dry, dull, or flaking skin. Sensitive areas of skin should be avoided. It is suggested that this blend be used up quickly to ensure that it retains its optimal effectiveness. It can be stored in a 120 g (4 oz.) jar.
For a Menthol Crystal-infused body lotion that is reputed to soothe aches and pain while energizing tired muscles, begin by combining the following ingredients in a 950 ml (32 oz.) jar: 1/3 cup Carrier Oil, 1/3 cup a body butter of personal preference (e.g. Cocoa, Shea, or Mango), and 1/3 cup Beeswax. Next, fill a small saucepan with water, place the saucepan on the stove, and place the filled jar in the water to create a double boiler. Allow the water to simmer on low heat, stirring the jar’s contents until they melt. Once the jar’s ingredients merge into a smooth blend, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir the following ingredients into the blend one at a time until each one completely dissolves: 1 Tbsp. Menthol Crystals, 10 drops a cooling Essential Oil, and ½ tsp a preferred Herbal Oil. The amount of Menthol Crystals can be adjusted according to the desired potency. Next, pour the resultant blend into molds of personal preference to harden. Once the lotion bars have cooled, carefully pop them out of the molds. To use these bars, simply rub them onto dry skin, as they melt with body heat. These naturally-hydrating and nourishing bars can be used at any time, such as after a shower, and can be stored in any cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
For a growth-enhancing hair oil recipe, begin by diluting ½ tsp. Menthol Crystals in 4 Tbsp. of a carrier oil of personal preference. Next, section the hair and scoop small amounts of the oil onto the fingertips to massage the blend into the scalp and smooth it down over and throughout the strands. Wash the hair with a regular shampoo. This regimen can be repeated two times a week.
Used in medicinal applications, Menthol Crystals are reputed to clear the sinuses and reduce fever. To make a classic vapor rub that can be applied on the neck, chest, or the soles of the feet, begin by deciding on the amount of Beeswax to use for the foundation of the product. Whether the wax comes in the form of pastilles or coarsely chopped ½ -inch square pieces, using 22 ml (¾ oz.) will yield a less viscous, ointment-like consistency, characteristic of creams and lotions; whereas, using 30 ml (1 oz.) of Beeswax will yield a balm-like solidity that will require slightly more pressure to apply topically and will likely need to be massaged into the skin for optimal penetration. Combine the preferred amount of Beeswax with 240 ml (8 oz.) Carrier Oil in the top of a double-boiler and warm up the mixture on low heat. Once the wax has melted, remove the blend from the heat and stir in ½ tsp. or 1 tsp. Menthol Crystals, 20 drops Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 15 drops Organic Peppermint Essential Oil before quickly transferring the blend into clean glass jars. The jars must be capped in order to prevent the oils from evaporating; however, a small opening must be left at the top to first allow the blend to cool completely. To use this vapor rub, simply scoop a small amount onto the finger tips and massage it into the bottoms of the feet or massage a dime-sized amount into the forehead. The invigorating scent of this balm also works to ease anxiety, stress, and nervousness, thus effectively functioning as an aromatherapy product. Applied to the neck, this salve is reputed to decrease inflammation characteristic of a sore throat.
Alternatively, a foot soak can be made by combining Menthol Crystals with Epsom Salt, Fine Dead Sea Salt, and a total of 80 drops of essential oils with cooling and soothing effects. It is important to wear protective gloves when picking up Menthol Crystals, as their cooling and numbing properties should not travel to sensitive areas of the body, such as the eyes. Next, using the pulse setting of the processor, thoroughly combine and mince all the ingredients until they are finely ground. Transfer the blend to a sealable plastic food storage bag. This recipe is strictly for the feet, as Menthol Crystals are too concentrated to submerge the entire body in a bath soak without causing sensitive areas to experience irritation.
To make a salve that is reputed to soothe aching muscles and joints, begin by combining Beeswax, a Carrier Oil, and a preferred body butter in a double boiler and heating the mixture until the butter has melted and the oils have warmed up, at which point the mixture can be removed from the heat. To this blend, add Menthol Crystals and stir them until they have completely dissolved. Next, stir in 4 Tbsp. another preferred Carrier Oil, and a total of 100 drops of preferred Essential Oils that are known to have anti-inflammatory, stimulating, strengthening, and immune-boosting effects. Transfer this final blend to a clean glass jar but allow it to cool before capping the jar. For optimal shelf-life and to preserve the texture of the salve, store the jar in the refrigerator. To use this soothing salve, massage it into areas of the body afflicted with soreness, tightness, and aches. This salve is believed to be safe for use on all skin types, including sensitive types. After each application, ensure that the hands have been washed thoroughly to avoid spreading the salve to delicate areas.
A GUIDE TO MENTHOL CRYSTAL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS
MENTHOL CRYSTALS ORGANIC RAW MATERIAL
Country of Origin: India
- Be naturally obtained from crystallized Organic Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Essential Oil, which is derived from the steam distillation of the Peppermint herb
- Be colorless and transparent with a sharp, minty scent, which has a cooling effect that makes them ideal for diverse applications
- Be suitable for incorporation in perfumes, cosmetics, balms, lotions, creams, shampoos, and conditioners at the recommended usage level of 0.5-8 %
MENTHOL CRYSTALS RAW MATERIAL
Country of Origin: India
- Be a compound obtained from Peppermint Oil
- Have diverse applications, because of its characteristic aroma and its cooling effect
- Suitable for use in perfumes, cosmetics, balms, lotions, creams, shampoos and conditioners
- Have a recommended usage level of 0.5-8 %
MENTHOL CRYSTALS’ SIDE EFFECTS
As with all other New Directions Aromatics products, Menthol Crystals are for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this product for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Menthol Crystals without the medical advice of a physician, as they may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. This product should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.
Those with the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, heart-related ailments, skin disorders, or hormone-related ailments. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. Menthol Crystals should not be applied to open wounds or broken skin, as this may facilitate the Menthol’s penetration into the body in concentrations that may be toxic. During topical application, it is also safer to prevent Menthol-enriched products from coming into contact with heat, such as heating pads, which also work to enhance skin’s absorption of the product, thereby potentially leading to excessive amounts of Menthol in the body or even tissue death.
Prior to using Menthol Crystals, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by creating a dilution of 1 part Menthol Crystal to 4 parts Carrier Oil and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Menthol Crystals must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Menthol Crystals include irritation of the skin and mucus membranes, itching, rashes, chemical burns, ataxia, soreness at application site, abdominal pain, nausea, lethargy, dizziness, vomiting, nasal discomfort, tremors, chest hardness, inflammation of the mouth or face, coma, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and irregular heartbeat.
Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this product as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.
In order to protect the respiratory system and sensitive areas of skin from experiencing any discomfort from the potency of Menthol Crystals, it is highly recommended that they be used at no more than 5% dilution.
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