Colorless crystals with a strong characteristic odor. It is the chief constituent of peppermint oil.
Menthol is a mild anesthetic and anti-irritant. It causes a cool sensation on the skin, by activating the peripheral cold receptors.
It is used in sore throat remedies, in cigarettes, and in creams for sore muscles. It is used in cough drops, after shave lotions, inhalers, and cooling gels.
It is used as a flavoring in toothpastes, chewing gums, candies, and liquors.
It is used as a perfume in towels, handkerchiefs, deodorizers, and shampoos.