Eucalyptus leaves are the preferred snack of koalas, but they also serve up some appealing benefits for your body. You’ll find eucalyptus in a variety of products, from hair oil to skincare, because of the benefits, which include:
- Improved hair health
- Stimulation of hair follicles
- Improved hair growth
- Support for dry skin
- Help with dry scalp and dandruff
- May lower perceived pain levels
- Helps with inflammation and promotes healing in wounds
- Can help cold sores heal faster
- Helps clear the chest and can calm coughs while you’re sick
In addition to these potential benefits, eucalyptus has a relaxing effect on the body. Hanging eucalyptus in your shower can help you unwind after a long day.
Why You Should Hang Eucalyptus in the Shower
Why is your shower the ideal spot for a eucalyptus bunch? All that steam you create with your hot showers helps coax the beneficial oils out of the leaves and acts essentially like a diffuser. The steam also holds the oils in the air so you can really soak up the effects while you shower.
How To Hang Eucalyptus in the Shower
Hanging eucalyptus in the shower is a popular social media hack, and it’s a quick and easy bathroom upgrade. A little prep work and your leaves are ready to go for your next shower. Follow these steps to create a hidden mini spa in your shower:
- Grab a bundle of fresh eucalyptus stems from a floral shop, grocery store or plant shop. You only need a few stems, but you can use a larger bunch if you prefer.
- Remove the leaves from the bottom few inches of the stems to make it easier to tie the bundle together. Remove any dead or browning leaves from the stems.
- Crush the leaves to release the oils and aromas. You can either pound the leaves gently with a hammer or roll them with something heavy, such as a wine bottle or a rolling pin.
- Add other flowers or herbs, if desired, to get specific benefits. For example, lavender is relaxing, while mint and lemongrass are uplifting.
- Collect the eucalyptus and other stems to create a bundle. Tie them together near the base of the leaves — any twine or thin rope will work. Wrap the twine around the stems several times and tie it tightly to hold the branches together.
- Attach the bundle to the showerhead so it’s behind the water stream, either by tying it to or draping it over the showerhead. As an alternative, you can attach a hook to the shower wall near the showerhead and hang the bundle on it.
The eucalyptus oils can be irritating if they directly touch your skin or eyes, so you don’t want the leaves in the water stream. Putting the leaves in the water stream can also shorten the life of the eucalyptus. The ideal spot is near but not in the water stream, so the steam can still reach the leaves.
You’ll need to replace the eucalyptus bundle once you no longer notice its distinctive fragrance. This usually happens after about a week, but let your nose guide the timing.
Add More Eucalyptus to Your Shower
If you can’t get enough of the eucalyptus scent and benefits, you can add it to your shower in several ways. Here are some ideas:
- Shower products, such as body wash, shampoo and conditioner, that contain eucalyptus oil
- Eucalyptus essential oils diffused in the room
- Shower steamers or bath bombs containing eucalyptus
- Eucalyptus oil or other treatments to moisturize your scalp
Eucalyptus in the shower can create a relaxing, spa-like experience. Having the right haircare products also helps you get the most out of your shower. Take the Prose hair consultation to find your customized formula to support your hair care goals.
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