Why Menthol is Used in Mountain Ice

One of the prime ingredients in Mountain Ice is Menthol. Menthol helps to enlarge blood vessels and improve blood flow. It provides a cooling and numbing sensation to the skin and prevents any pain from traveling to the Central Nervous System. There are immediate effects from Menthol, but there are also long term benefits. By increasing blood flow, Menthol allows the skin to absorb other ingredients and deliver nutrients that are necessary for cellular repair. Let's dig a little bit deeper into how Menthol actually works!



Menthol is the powerful organic compound that is found in the plant family, "genus Mentha", also known as the mint and peppermint plants. While mint and peppermint are found worldwide, Menthol is extracted in crystalized form from the oils of the wild mint or corn mint plant that is native to India, Western and Central Asia, the Himalayas, Siberia, and North America.


As a pain reliever, Menthol tackles pain in three different ways, all at once. Menthol has a natural analgesic, or pain reliever, attribute when it is used in lotion, gel, or a cream form. As the lotion or gel is applied, molecules called ligands attach themselves to receptors in your cell, triggering a change. The Menthol ligand attaches to the Kappa Opioid receptor, which produces a numbing effect.


When you rub Menthol on your aching muscles, it triggers a process called vasodilation. Blood vessels in the area widen, increasing blood flow to the area and reducing the skin barrier function. As a result, the other ingredients found in Mountain Ice along with Menthol, get to work faster while the increased blood flow itself brings nutrients that are necessary for cellular repair and carry away waste. 


Lastly, one of the biggest culprits behind muscle aches and pains, arthritis, and sprains is inflammation - which means to set on fire. Menthol brings an incredible cooling sensation by stimulating thermoreceptors in the skin cells, which help your body recognize temperature changes. While your skin doesn't actually change temperature, the Menthol causes a signal to be sent to your brain, which it interprets as cold. This cold feeling relieves the uncomfortable heat of inflammation. That is why Mountain Ice uses menthol for cooling, and why many first aid products use Menthol in place of ice. 


To pre-order Mountain Ice and experience the sensation of your pain melting away, please visit our website at: www.mountain-ice.com, or call 1-888-687-4334 for pricing and more information!