The Benefits of Cooling: Wintergreen, Camphor, & Menthol
Cooling Benefits of Wintergreen
The cooling benefits of wintergreen come from the North American Wintergreen plant in the checkerberry or related shrub family, from which a pungent oil is obtained. Wintergreen leaf oil is often applied directly to the skin for achy joints (rheumatism), sore muscles, and lower back pain. Wintergreen oil is applied to the skin as a “counter-irritant” to relieve muscle pain. Counterirritants work by causing irritation that reduces pain and swelling in the underlying tissue.
The minty flavor of wintergreen comes from the chemical Methyl Salicylate, produced by the plant. In fact, pure wintergreen oil is Methyl Salicylate. Despite its usefulness as a pain reliever, ingesting pure Methyl Salicylate can be extremely toxic and should only be used in topical application.
Cooling Benefits of Camphor
Cinnamomum Camphora is a species of evergreen tree that is commonly known as camphor tree, camphorwood or camphor laurel. Camphor is a waxy, flammable, transparent solid with a strong aroma. It is a terpenoid with the chemical formula C10H16O. It comes from the wood of the Camphor laurel, a large evergreen tree found in Asia; and from the unrelated kapur tree, a tall timber tree from the same region.
Camphor is used topically to relieve pain and reduce itching. It has also been used to treat fungal infections of the toenail, warts, cold sores, hemorrhoids and osteoarthritis. When applied topically, Camphor can increase local blood flow and act as a counterirritant, reducing pain and swelling.
Cooling Benefits of Menthol
Menthol is an organic compound made synthetically or obtained from the oils of corn mint, peppermint, or other mints. It is a waxy, crystalline substance, clear or white in color, which is solid at room temperature and melts slightly above. Menthol also has a cooling effect and can help relieve a sore throat, especially when combined with tea.
Indigestion and gas: Mint is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion.
When applied topically to the skin, ingested, or inhaled, menthol produces a cooling sensation. Menthol does not lower the temperature of the body or skin. Instead, it produces a cooling effect by blocking the calcium current along the nerves responsible for detecting temperature.
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