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Is this safe to use in small amounts regularly in drinking water and will the crystals dissolve/stay dissolved in cold or iced water?
Menthol Crystals are crystalized oil so they are insoluable in water, but you can gently heat in the microwave in a carrier oil (i.e.; EVOO, safflower, sweet almond, apricot kernel, black seed, etc).
Ingesting full strenth as it is quite toxic. The amount of menthol in cough drops is around 1% or less. In some mouth washes it may be as high as 3%. It can be added to icing for cakes and the like.
Menthol has antiseptic qualities which is why it is in mouthwashes and some dandruff shampoos. It is also used in homemade salves and rubs; Mentholatum uses upwards of 3% which is rubbed on the chest or under the nose for congestion.
Can we use it in mint juice
Yes, but it is very strong.