Ask an Aromatherapist: My Aunt is Allergic to Menthol, Would Mentha arvensis (Corn Mint) be a Good Alternative?

June 11, 2018

 

Menthol is a monoterpene alcohol (monoterpenol) that is often added to salves, ointments, and other topical applications analgesic, antipruritic (anti itching), cooling, and other beneficial properties. Menthol can be produced synthetically or obtained from corn mint (Mentha arvensis), peppermint (Menta x piperita), and other mint plants. Thus is one is allergic to menthol it follows that they would also be allergic to essential oils derived from plants rich in menthol since the aromatic compound is present in the essential oils. The good news is that there are many other essential oils and herbs offer other analgesic and soothing properties that  can be used in the place of menthol. Some of them offer cooling type relief, others are warming.

 

For example, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) ct. camphor or verbenone, spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia), or white spruce (Picea glauca) contain the ketone camphor which is known to have analgesic effects and is often used for sore muscles or to ease joint or nerve aches. 

 

Caryophyllene (β) rich essential oils such as Balsam copaiba (Copaifera officinalis), black pepper (Piper nigrum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), and hemp (Cannabis sativa) are another example of essential oils that can be used to soothe aches. The effects of essential oils can be further enhanced with herbal infused oils such as arnica or St. John's Wort olive oil or by using CBD rich hemp oil or extract.

 

If you have questions about aromatherapy, essential oils, or using  aromatherapy to soothe aches or support health and wellness naturally contact Tricia.

 

Aromatic blessings,

Tricia

 

**Disclaimer:

I understand that the Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the therapeutic suggestions or any statements made on this website about essential oils, carriers or other products offered by Aromatherapy by Tricia Ambroziak (ABT)

The statements made on this website are for educational purposes and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The data on this website is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment based on something you've read or accessed through  this website. Tricia Ambroziak is a professional aromatherapist but not a licensed health care professional.

 

 I understand that essential oils and aromatherapy are not a substitute for professional medical care. I understand that the products being sold by ABT are not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease.

 

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