Menthol : The secret ingredient for Pain Relief?
Menthol, when applied the correct way, can be the key to dealing with your aches, pains, and sore muscles!
No matter who you are, you’re probably going to deal with a few aches and pains. Between the joint strain from sitting down a lot, muscles feeling sore after workouts, and the occasional minor injury from just living life, you’re probably all too familiar with those twinges and irritating little pains that make life just that bit more uncomfortable.
Most of us tend to pop a painkiller—Tylenol, aspirin, Ibuprofen, or something else—but the sad truth is that these painkillers tend to be far less effective than you might think at dealing with pain. Not to mention wreaking havoc on your gut!
Menthol, however, is a whole lot more reliable, not to mention 100% natural!
What is Menthol?
Menthol is an organic compound naturally found in mint leaves. It has the ability to trigger the TRPM8 receptors in your skin, receptors that are highly sensitive to cold. That ability is what gives the pleasant cooling sensation when you chew mint gum, drink mint tea, or apply mint to your skin. It also has the ability to block kappa opioid receptors, which provides an analgesic (pain-reducing and numbing) property.
Menthol’s Painkilling Powers
Menthol, as mentioned above, triggers the cold receptors in your skin. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t actually STOP your pain or deal with whatever is causing the underlying pain. Instead, it creates a cooling sensation that distracts you from the pain of your aching joints or sore muscles.
The interesting thing is that most of the time, the cooling sensation can actually outlast the ache. This means it gives you a sensation to focus on other than the pain while your body is repairing itself.
This may sound less-than effective, but the truth is that it works! Menthol is one of the primary active ingredients in all kinds of remedies and topical pain-killing treatments—including Tiger Balm, Vicks Vapo-Rub, IcyHot, and Bengay.
It’s used in all these pain-relieving treatments because it does the trick of creating that cooling sensation which counteracts the elevated temperature that is a hallmark of injuries. This helps to reduce the pain and stops you from feeling the discomfort in your joints, muscles, or anywhere else you apply the menthol.
Pain-Effects Throughout the Body!
Most of us are familiar with using mint to treat muscular and joint aches, but did you know that it can do wonders inside your body as well? Menthol—and mint in general—can offer a lot of internal benefits, which we’ve laid out for you below:
Less Stomach Pain – If you’ve got stomach problems, mint can help!
Peppermint and peppermint tea are both two highly recommended treatments for a broad range of stomach problems. For example, people with IBS typically feel better after taking peppermint tea or peppermint oil, because the menthol relaxes the muscles of your digestive tract and reduces the bloating and cramping that is so common with IBS.
Indigestion can also be treated with peppermint tea or peppermint oil. If your stomach is cramping up, irritated, or you’re feeling nauseated, you’ll find a little dose of menthol can make a world of difference. Plus, peppermint oil and peppermint tea both help to speed up digestion, which helps the food in your stomach keep on moving along the digestive tract, preventing indigestion. In fact, one study even found that peppermint oil might be as effective for treating indigestion as most OTC medications.
Less Brain Pain – Typically called “headaches” brain pains are common when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or nervous.
Interestingly enough, smelling peppermint tea and peppermint oil have proven useful in reducing stress and anxiety and calming your nerves and can help your muscles to relax. You’ll find that applying a little dab of menthol to your temples can also create a cooling sensation that counteracts the “overheating” feeling in your brain when you’re thinking a million miles an hour or getting a stress tension headache.
Less Breast Pain – For women who are breastfeeding, sore and cracked nipples are a common problem. But menthol’s just what they need to counteract the problem!
Applying mint to the skin can reduce breastfeeding pain, preventing cracks and decreasing both the severity and pain of any existing cracks.
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