In April of 2019, scientists from Korea published an abstract called: Analgesic effects of eucalyptus essential oil in mice.
This new study is important for many reasons. It shows that we are seeing up to date studies on essential oil therapy in leaps and bounds.
People and scientists are interested in what these oils do and how they can help us in scientific, proven methods.
They are studying the effects of essential oils on pain. Pain is a staple complaint in the American healthcare system. In my husband's medical office, pain is the #1 complaint of those over aged 50, almost 85 percent of the time.
The purpose of this study was to find out if Eucalyptus Oil was effective in affecting pain pathways. They used mice, not humans in this study. They used inhalation and injection of Eucalyptus Essential oil, though the study did not name the Latin binomial of which kind of Eucalyptus oil was used (eg: E. globulus, E. radiata, E. Dives etc).
The pain reliving effects of the study were tested on three different types of pain: the first was testing for a decrease in inflammatory markers and Eucalyptus essential oil proved this to be true in this study.
The second type of pain was pain presented by adding a substance that would case pain on the mice.
This pain would act on humans like pain from a cut. The study showed that Essential Oil of Eucalyptus caused an analgesic (or pain relieving) effect on this type of pain in the mice.
They did find that there was no activity in pain relief for pain caused by extreme heat or cold, making this oil inefficient for those types of pain.
So when you are blending for pain, don’t forget to try your Eucalyptus oil! Let me know which type you tried and see if we can figure out which one they used in the study!
Citation: 1: Lee G, Park J, Kim MS, Seol GH, Min SS. Analgesic effects of eucalyptus essential oil in mice. Korean J Pain. 2019 Apr 1;32(2):79-86. doi:
10.3344/kjp.2019.32.2.79. PubMed PMID: 31091506.