What can I do with a pound of menthol crystals?
June 30, 2014 1:16 PM Subscribe
I purchased menthol crystals online, with no specify purpose outside of trying to see if I could use it as a flavoring. That was a bust [more inside,] but now I have a pound of very strong crystals that I have no idea what to do with. I'm looking for creative applications, and I'm out of ideas- and I'm not interested in using these with a vaporizer, which seems to be what the internet recommends.
posted by MysticMCJ to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This all started based on a dream I had several years back where I was running a coffee shop, selling mentholated coffee, and it was delicious as well as sinus clearing in my dream. This dream wasn't worth following - It was definitely not anywhere near as good in real life, although it did a good job of re-formatting my sinuses. It seems like using this as a flavoring is "not recommended," but I'm still curious if there is an application here.
I've also tried making a menthol/rubbing alcohol/witch-hazel rub, which seems to work great as an itch remedy, if you don't mind not being able to feel anything for the next few hours.
I've additionally heard that mites hate it - I presently have 54 chigger bites, so this is of immediate appeal, but I have no idea how to apply it in this manner.
Ultimately, I love menthol -- I love the cooling effect of it (think mint soap in the summer) and what it does for my sinuses, but I have NO IDEA how to use what is basically a industrial grade chemical. Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm open to literally ANY ideas outside of the vaping realm.