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August 28, 2018 3 min read

The benefits of eucalyptus for pain


Nature is full of wonderful plants and herbs to help us, humans, to heal. This is certainly the case of the eucalyptus tree and all its amazing properties. The eucalyptus tree is an Australian plant with more than 500 different species, a minty yet sweet scent, and many different health properties. It is traditionally used to treat various respiratory conditions because it reduces inflammation and the secretion of mucus by the airways. However, it is a natural solution, not only for a sore throat but other types of pain as well.

The pain-relieving potential in eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has many health properties, including antioxidant protection, immune system stimulation, and even antiseptic and antimicrobial effects. However, the pain-relieving potential in eucalyptus relies on its undisputed anti-inflammatory effect. Eucalyptus can be used in creams like Workvie Work Pain Relief Cream, essential oils, infusions, as a part of cough syrup, among others. Regardless of the way of administration, it comes in close contact with the tissues and reduces inflammation while modulating our immune reaction.

When applied to the airways, eucalyptus stimulates your cold receptors and gives the sensation of an improvement in the airflow even if you feel stuffed with secretion. This cold sensation in cough syrups may also improve your sore throat naturally and without any adverse effect.

Inhaling eucalyptus oils helps to relieve tension, relaxes our muscles, and may improve our levels of stress and the headache associated with it. If your headache is caused by nasal congestion, eucalyptus may also solve both problems at the same time. But the anti-inflammatory effects of eucalyptus do not only rely on alleviating respiratory symptoms and stress. There’s also a recent finding with promising results about the application of eucalyptus for different types of pain.

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An interesting finding about eucalyptus and pain

Recent scientific papers have described how eucalyptus works to relieve different types of pain, mostly the ones discussed above. However, a new line of investigation shows that eucalyptus may not be limited to local pain relief. According to a recent study, inhaling eucalyptus oils has a systemic anti-inflammatory effect that may be helpful to relieve knee pain after knee surgery.

In the trials, patients were told to inhale eucalyptus oil and placebo for 30 minutes after their surgery for three days. Researchers took note of their blood pressure, pain scores, and other health parameters. According to the results of the investigation, health parameters improved starting from day two, and the patients inhaling eucalyptus reported lower pain scores compared to placebo. In simple words, inhaling eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, not only in your airways but any other site with active inflammation.

Eucalyptus is not a prescription drug and does not have any particular side effects. However, keep in mind that you should never take eucalyptus by mouth without diluting it first as it may cause stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. Also, if you have never used it before, try minimal doses to make sure you’re not allergic before using it as a home remedy for respiratory symptoms and pain.

When developing the Workvie Pain Relief system, I decided that the product should include this amazing essential oil for its anti-inflammatory and stress relieving properties. Most people comment on how pleasant the scent of Workvie products is and this was really important for me. I didn’t want for people to be put off by the smell or not be able to use it at work.

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Göbel, H., Schmidt, G., & Soyka, D. (1994). Effect of peppermint and eucalyptus oil preparations on neurophysiological and experimental algesimetric headache parameters. Cephalalgia14(3), 228-234.

Jun, Y. S., Kang, P., Min, S. S., Lee, J. M., Kim, H. K., & Seol, G. H. (2013). Effect of eucalyptus oil inhalation on pain and inflammatory responses after total knee replacement: a randomized clinical trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine2013.

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