Menthol is a compound obtained from
peppermint oil or other mint oils or made synthetically. Menthol has local anesthetic and
counterirritant qualities. It is contained in nonprescription products for short-term relief
of minor sore throat and minor mouth or throat
irritation. Menthol is also contained in combination products used for relief of muscle aches,
sprains, and similar conditions.
There are currently no reported nutrient or herb interactions involving menthol. People
using combination products that include menthol are advised to review the other ingredients
for possible herb and/or nutrient interactions. Menthol is considered an antidote for many
homeopathic remedies and should be avoided by people taking them.
Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, and Foods
In some cases, an herb or supplement may appear in more than one category, which may seem
contradictory. For clarification, read the full article for details about the summarized
| May Be Beneficial: Depletion or
interference—The medication may deplete or interfere with the absorption or
function of the nutrient. Taking these nutrients may help replenish them.
|Side effect reduction/prevention
An asterisk (*) next to an item in the summary indicates that the
interaction is supported only by weak, fragmentary, and/or contradictory scientific