Clinical and experimental research shows that menthol applied topically has a soothing and cooling effect on the skin. If overheated, add several drops of a cold water compress or foot bath to cool off. The cooling sensation is also great when applied to the scalp: add 1-2 drops of Peppermint oil to your shampoo or conditioner.
The skin-supporting benefits of menthol are not limited to its cooling effects. Clinical and experimental research also suggests that menthol has cleansing properties that may help to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Add a drop or two of Peppermint oil to your favourite moisturizer and apply daily for healthy, glowing skin.
Not only is menthol cleansing to the skin, but it can also boost the power of your household cleaners. Experimental research suggests that menthol has cleansing properties that may support its use as a surface cleaner.8,9 If you are tired of the same old citrus-based DIY cleaner (although limonene is a powerful cleanser itself), try adding 10-15 drops of Peppermint to a glass spray bottle of water and white vinegar the next time you attack the grime on your kitchen counters.