Menthol is an organic compound obtained from the oils of mints. It is a waxy crystalline substance, transparent or white. It is also produced synthetically by hydrogenation of thymol.
Menthol’s formula is C10H20O.
Menthol is widely used in medicated sweets to clear the head and nasal passages and to reduce the symptoms of nasal congestions and colds. It is also in gums.
Menthol reacts in many ways and can be oxidized to menthone. Menthol is solid at room temperature with a density of (25 °C) and a melting point of 41–44 °C depending on its purity.
Model: The black molecules are CH3 (Methyl radical).
The red molecules are OH (hydroxide).
The white molecules are H3C (CH3- is the symbol for the methyl group. H3C is also a symbol for the same. It is written this way to show the bonding between the carbon and its near atom.)