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Using Menthol to Combat Stress & Chronic Pain Derived from peppermint, eucalyptus and pennyroyal herbs, menthol is a compound full of aromatherapeutic properties. Its ability to create a cooling sensation makes it a great ingredient for those who live with chronic pain. Its sensation is refreshing and inspirative and alleviates aches & pains. Menthol can be used as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and expectorant; it also supports deep breathing with aromatherapeutic properties. Deep breathing improves oxygen saturation in red blood cells (hemoglobin) increasing their size and value. Enhanced hemoglobin improves circulation and accelerates the delivery of oxygen to areas of the body that are in need. Deep breathing is a common and key feature of several relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation. We can’t erase stress from our lives, but we ​​can​​ find the healthiest way to manage it in a way that works best for us. With its support of deep breathing properties, menthol is able to take stress relief to the next level. Along with helping us breathe deeply, menthol does some serious soothing to body aches. When applied to the skin, ingested or inhaled, menthol produces a cooling sensation without actually lowering the temperature of the skin or body. The cooling effect happens from the menthol blocking the calcium current along the nerves that are responsible for detecting temperature, which sends a message to the nerve endings that the skin is being cooled. Here at Village Naturals Therapy, we believe in the power of menthol to help soothe aches and pains associated with chronic illnesses. Whether through tea, essential oils or our line of bath & body products, it’s time to feel​ ​the difference and feel like yourself again.