Best Guide on How To Take An Aromatic Eucalyptus Shower
Jun 09, 2020
It’s been a few months since we were advised to stay at home because of COVID-19. This health crisis has really altered the way we live and has affected our activities of daily living. We were forced to forego going to the office and were told to work from home instead. It also changed the way we entertain ourselves. We could no longer go out to see movies, dine out with friends, or even just to have some quality me-time in a spa.
However, it may not be as bad as we think. We’re certain that by this time, you have already explored some alternative ways to connect with friends, come up with new hobbies, and learned a thing or two about different ways we can find rest and relaxation after a day’s work.
Recreating your spa experience
When was the last time you entered a spa? What was the most unforgettable sensation you remember? For most of us, it’s probably the scent of essential oils in the air. That scent of eucalyptus or peppermint that once inhaled, you can’t help but feel relaxed, feel energized, and revitalized.
While essential oils are a very good alternative to recreate that relaxing spa experience, sometimes we would still prefer to see the beauty and smell the scent of real plants. The longer we are cooped up in our houses, sometimes this longing for greeneries is a bit more felt than before. Fortunately, you can get some fresh eucalyptus plants here.
You can recreate a spa experience by simply adding some essential oils in your diffuser or hang a fresh bunch of eucalyptus leaves in your shower. Eucalyptus is a plant most often used for this purpose and if you continue to read until the end, we will tell you how easy it is to do this at home.
Among all the aromatic plants you could think of, why Eucalyptus? That is indeed a very good question and we can explain why.
Eucalyptus is a general term given to a group of tree species that are commonly found in Australia and Tasmania. The oils found in eucalyptus leaves have antiviral, antibacterial, and has vasodilation properties that make it not just an effective natural cleaning agent but also help relieve several respiratory symptoms and inflammatory conditions.
Eucalyptol, a chemical found in eucalyptus leaves, is responsible for the inhibition of bacterial and viral growth. It’s also a cooling effect on the body. It does this by dilating blood vessels, clearing your airways, stops runny nose (or excessive mucus secretions), and thus relieving you of that clogged sensation.
Since eucalyptus also has a calming effect, it’s also effective in meditation. It helps clear the mind of unnecessary thoughts and helps you focus on your breathing and other more important stuff. If you’re insomniac, having a warm bath with fresh eucalyptus branches in the shower may be a great way to achieve a good night’s sleep.
Eucalyptus trees have been used for a lot of things. In Europe, some cities have been planting some around lakes hoping to drain the said lake of its waters. The lake then was a breeding ground for malaria-causing mosquitoes and by draining the water, the mode of transmission for this nasty disease was stopped. Eucalyptus trees were also used in construction and if you want a natural insect repellant, plant a eucalyptus tree near you. The oil extracted from its leaves is also an effective insect repellant when applied to surfaces.
How to Take An Aromatic Eucalyptus Shower
As mentioned earlier, the essential oils found in eucalyptus leaves is a powerful decongestant and an effective remedy for respiratory symptoms. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and the good news is that you can harness this power by simply hanging a bunch of eucalyptus leaves on your shower the next time you take a bath.
The steam produced when you take a hot shower prompts the leaves to release its essential oils. Once mixed with the vapor, it produces a pleasant aroma and you can definitely feel relaxed and revitalized like you can feel all the energy you spent coming back to you.
To set up your own home aromatic eucalyptus shower, you need to prepare a few things starting the star itself, the eucalyptus leaves. You can source this from your local flower market, or you can ask from your local health food store (such as Whole Food’s or Trader Joe’s). To take the guesswork off of this, you may also order a fresh bunch from The Aroma Garden by clicking on this link.
Once you have the eucalyptus branches on hand, pick around 10 to 20 stems and tie them up with a string. Then with another length of string or twine, tie this bunch on your shower head, as close to the wall as you can get. You want to make sure that the bunch hangs behind the showerhead and not in front of it. The eucalyptus bunch from The Aroma Garden is tied to a bunch once you receive it so the only left to do is to hang it right away on your showerhead.
After this, the only thing left to do is to take that much anticipated warm shower! You don’t have to remove the eucalyptus bunch after each shower. For maximum effects, you can use the same bunch for a couple of weeks before replacing it with a fresh one.
Each of us has a different tolerance when it comes to essential oils and while most have reported that they felt relief and comfort after taking a warm aromatic eucalyptus shower, some of you may experience otherwise. So if your symptoms persist, be sure to contact a doctor right away. Moreover, fresh eucalyptus may be toxic to our furry friends (cats and dogs), so if you have a bunch lying around, be sure to store them somewhere out-of-reach (keep your bathroom doors closed if you have one hanging on your shower already).