Menthol is a naturally occurring organic compound that can be obtained both naturally and synthetically. Although naturally obtained menthol is currently the more popular alternative, its synthetically derived counterpart is typically more pure and cost-effective. Medical properties of menthol include anti-itching, antispasmodic, and pain relief in cases of sore throat, headaches, sprains, muscle cramps, and sunburn. As such, manufacturing companies produce a multitude of menthol formulations, such as oral lozenges and sprays, topical gels, ointments, creams as well as transdermal patches for pain relief. It is also a common ingredient in combination formulations.