Important Health Benefits of Menthol for Pain Relief


Menthol is derived from peppermint, pennyroyal, and eucalyptus. Menthol is made from herbal fickle oils that has a lot of health benefits. Menthol can be applied topically or taken orally. In the early years, menthol has been used to treat gastrointestinal difficulties, inflammation, and pain. However, it’s still best to consult your doctors first before using menthol either topically or orally.


Menthol can stop gas and bloating. As a result, menthol can assist in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, and colic. In addition, menthol can be applied topically to itchy and inflamed areas that are caused by contact dermatitis and hives. Moreover, menthol can relieve headaches, too.


Menthol relaxes the intestinal muscles and inhibits the occurrence of spasms. Further, menthol contains pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory actions. Menthol is also seen as effective in treating respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma and colds. The reason being is that menthol has the ability to dilate bronchioles thus promoting it expectorant capabilities.


Menthol can be taken in different ways. Extracted menthol can be used or you can take it directly in the form of peppermint or eucalyptus. For pain and inflammation, it’s best to apply menthol topically in a form of cream, ointment, or skin patch.

You might also want to apply peppermint, eucalyptus, or pennyroyal oils to the affected skin areas for anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. In achieving the preferred effect, ointment, cream, skin patch should contain at least 1 to 16 percent menthol. In treating gastrointestinal ailments, you can take menthol in the form of peppermint tea, tincture, or capsule. 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water for 7-10 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups daily.

However, it’s best to ask for a physician’s advice before using menthol.

Take Home Message

Menthol is a great addition to herbs that provide helpful healthy benefits. Lime and Lotus Organics Herbal Muscle gel uses menthol as one of its ingredients. You’re assured of an effective muscle gel that can help alleviate muscle and joint pains.

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