Biofreeze ingredients List
Biofreeze ingredients are menthol, camphor (for scent), carbomer, FD&C blue #1, FD&C yellow #5, glycerine, herbal extract (ILEX Paraguariensis), isopropyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylene glycol, silicon dioxide, triethanolamine, and water.
Menthol. This is the active ingredient in Biofreeze. Menthol is an organic compound that can be made synthetically or derived from cornmint, peppermint or other mint oils. Menthol has been given many decrease itching, as a decongestant for chest and sinuses, in some medications that treat sunburn, in aftershave lotions to alleviate razor burn, in oral hygiene products and remedies for bad breath, as a flavor agent, and several others. In Biofreeze, menthol is used as a topical analgesic for the relief of aches and pains along the lines of sprains and strains, back, shoulder and neck pain, and to decrease ankle, knee, hip, and elbow joint pain. It can also help relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis.
Camphor. This Biofreeze inactive ingredient is similar to menthol in that it provides a cooling sensation, and can be used as a mild local anesthetic as well as an antimicrobial agent. Moreover, camphor is applied topically to enhance circulation and as a counterirritant to decrease pain and swelling resulting from irritation. Camphor is considered likely effective for pain when used on the skin of the painful area, and has been approved by the FDA to be used as a painkiller in 3% to 11% concentrations.
Ilex Paraguariensis. This herb is a member of the holly family and can be found in subtropical South America. The leaves are used in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay to make an infusion known as yerba mate, which is sort of the South American answer to British tea. In addition, Ilex is thought to have benefits as a stimulant to the central nervous system, a diuretic, a hypocholesterolemic, an anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, and an anti-rheumatic; it is also believed to be beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
Isopropyl Alcohol. Also known as rubbing alcohol, this colorless and flammable chemical compound is mostly used as a disinfectant and antiseptic. On top of that, isopropyl alcohol can be rubbed over aching muscles and painful joints to help relieve pain and inflammation. Rubbing alcohol is a mild irritant that boosts blood flow in the affected area, thus reducing pain and swelling.
Glycerin. This is a colorless, odorless and viscous sugar alcohol mostly used in personal care to increase smoothness and to provide lubrication and moisture. In addition to Biofreeze, glycerin is commonly found in allergen immunotherapies, cough syrups, elixirs and expectorants, toothpaste, mouthwashes, skin care products, shaving cream, hair care products, soaps and water-based personal lubricants.
Carbomer. A carbomer is an acrylic acid homopolymer that is bonded with any of various polyalcohol allyl ethers. This compound is used as a thickener and emulsion stabilizer. Though it is better known for its cosmetic purposes, it has also been applied in the fields of medicine and hygiene.
Methylparaben. It’s a preservative and an anti-fungal.
Propylene glycol. This preservative, solvent and humectant is not just one of Biofreeze ingredients but is also a component of e-cigarettes.
Silicon Dioxide. Also known as silica, this is a chemical compound naturally found in quartz.
Triethanolamine. This is a colorless, viscous organic compound.