|Posted on Thursday, December 9, 2004 - 3:42 pm: || |
I have a question about the effects and ingredients of Menthol. My question is "Does Menthol contains any thing that is related to alcohol. I have seen the Molecular Structure of Menthol and that proofs me that is a kind of alcohol because it contains an OH group and has "OL" at the end of its name. Please exaplain.
Simon Quellen Field (sfield)
Post Number: 8
|Posted on Friday, December 10, 2004 - 11:31 am: || |
There are millions of alcohols.
Menthol is not one of them, but Ethanol (the alcohol people drink)
is, and the simplest one is Methanol.
Just having an OH and an "ol" in the name does not
make something an alcohol. For example, the phenols
share both of those qualities, but are not alcohols.
An alcohol is a hydroxyl group (the OH) attached
to an alkyl chain. It can be thought of as water
with one of the hydrogens replaced by an alkyl
chain. Alkyl chains are simply a chain of carbon
atoms with hydrogens attached at every bond that
is not already attached to a carbon. The simplest
is the methyl group CH3. The next is the ethyl
group C2H5. These make up the alcohols methanol
and ethanol when the hydroxyl group is added.
Menthol is a phenol. It has an aryl group attached
to the hydroxyl group instead of an alkyl. An
Aryl group has a ring structure in it, rather
than a chain.
|Posted on Monday, December 27, 2004 - 12:12 pm: || |
contain anything, proves to me that it is