Eucalyptus is a well-known topical pain reliever that is incorporated into all types of creams and ointments for joint pain. It has that strong smell of menthol, which we tend to associate with pain relief treatments, and research shows that even the smell of eucalyptus in the form of essential oil can relieve discomfort.
The leaves of the eucalyptus plant contain tannins, which are believed to relieve swelling and inflammation pain. If you have never used eucalyptus, test it for allergies before using the product extensively. Simply apply a small amount to your forearm and watch out for negative reactions such as a rash or hives. If nothing happens within 24 to 48 hours, you should be aware of the use of eucalyptus on the painful joints.