Previously, we profiled natural nail fungus fighters eucalyptus oil, thymol, and camphor oil. Today, learn about another great fungus fighter: Menthol!
What is Menthol?
Menthol is an organic compound that's typically derived from peppermint, corn mint, and other mint oils. Its uses date back to the Egyptian and Roman empires, who used it for a variety of medicinal purposes. Menthol is a crystal at room temperature and turns into a liquid slightly above, with a waxy consistency that looks white or clear.
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Menthol in Medicine
Menthol is perhaps best known for its cool, soothing properties, due to its ability to trigger the cold receptors in the skin, making it effective at reducing muscle pain, itching, inflammation, and even headaches. Menthol is also used widely for the common cold, cough, and respiratory ailments and infections, as well as for gastrointestinal problems like heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and cramps.
Menthol for Fighting Nail Fungus
Menthol has strong antifungal and antibacterial properties that make it effective at killing fungus, and preventing new fungus from growing. In addition, the cool, soothing qualities most associated with menthol help to reduce any pain or itching that may occur as a result of the fungal nail infection. This penetrative, cooling property also helps to stimulate blood flow to the area, which helps bring needed immune agents to the area to help fight back the infection.
Positive Qualities for Fighting Nail Fungus
- Antifungal & antibacterial
- Circulatory & immune stimulant
- Soothing anesthetic
The Takeaway on Menthol
The combination of menthol's soothing, stimulating effects with its antifungal and antibacterial properties make it effective against nail fungus. Menthol is widely and safely used in thousands of medicinal and consumer products, and can be safely used as part of treatment against nail fungus.