If there’s one scent that always makes me feel more zen, it’s eucalyptus, so it’s no wonder the essential oil is widely used in spas worldwide. And if you’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying a eucalyptus steam room, you know just how great this magical plant really is beyond its fragrance. Basking in eucalyptus-infused steam actually provides a plethora of benefits including:
- Stimulating stress relief
- Eliminating lactic acid build up easing muscle tension and pain
- Aiding in sleep and deep relaxation of the body and mind
- Removing mucus from the lungs
- Clearing nasal pathways for deeper breathing
- Opening pores to flush out dirt and toxins
- Hydrating your skin to reduce signs of aging
The magical plant is also known for it’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, deodorizing, antiseptic, and immunity-boosting properties, so when I recently realized you can get all of these benefits by using fresh eucalyptus in the shower at home, I was psyched!
All you need to get the full benefits mentioned above is a small bundle of fresh eucalyptus (easily found at any florist or even some grocery stores), a rubber band or twine, and a shower. Simply tie the stems together at the base and hang them upside down behind your shower head. Ensure the bundle hangs far enough from the water so the leaves won’t get wet, then turn on the water (as hot as you can comfortably tolerate showering in) and breathe in the healing eucalyptus-infused steam . Amazingly, you can leave the bundle hanging in your shower for up to 2 months before the leaves lose their power. And with a small bundle of eucalyptus only costing a few dollars, I think this is officially the least expensive method I’ve found to get a true spa experience from the comfort of your own home. Best. Discovery. Ever.