Menthol is used in a wide variety of products such as pain balm, toothpaste, cough syrup and peppermint etc.
Leaves of some varieties out of about 25 varieties of plants bearing the genetic name ‘mentha’ form the raw material of menthol. Mentha oil is extracted from the leaves of these plants and crystallized. The crystal form is known as menthol. India is a leading producer of mentha and menthol, and nearly 70% of total production is exported.