Found in: Superlative Body Balm
Key benefits: Analgesic. Antibacterial.
Derived from: Peppermint plants
Menthol is a compound distilled from the oil of mint plants. Applied topically, ingested or inhaled, it produces a pleasant, cooling sensation by blocking the calcium current along the nerves responsible for detecting temperature. This same process has an analgesic effect, helping to relieve various types of aches and pains. Menthol is also an antibacterial that cleanses and protects against infection.