Eucalyptus is a well-known topical analgesic that is incorporated into all kinds of creams and ointments for joint pain. It has that strong menthol smell that we tend to associate with pain relief treatments, and research indicates that even smelling eucalyptus in the form of an essential oil can relieve discomfort.
The leaves of the eucalyptus plant contain tannins, which are thought to reduce swelling and the pain of inflammation. If you have never used eucalyptus before, please test for allergies before using the product widely. Simply apply a small amount on your forearm and watch for any negative reaction, such as a rash or hives. If nothing happens within 24 to 48 hours, you should be clear to apply eucalyptus to your painful joints.