You know that plant that koalas base their diet on? The ones that grow mainly in Australia and also provide homes to these fuzzy grey creatures.
Yep, I’m talking about the Eucalyptus tree. Well, what you probably didn’t realize was that although this tree is incredibly tasty to our Australian furry friends it is also extremely beneficial to human health.
What Is Eucalyptus?
Eucalyptus is a powerful plant known for its ability to relieve symptoms of respiratory issues. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which help open up the airways in your nose and throat. You can easily harness the anti-inflammatory powers of fresh eucalyptus simply by taking a shower.
Say what? Yeah, I know pretty fantastic right?
Eucalyptus And Steam
Bringing a few branches of fresh eucalyptus into a steamy shower will activate and release the beneficial oils in the leaves. The combination of steam and eucalyptus will clear up your airways and congestion as you shower.
Fresh eucalyptus emits a calming and refreshing scent that is welcoming when unwinding after a long, stressful day. Inhaling eucalyptus from the steam may help to alleviate pain, improve mood and relax your nerves.
Hang Eucalyptus In Your Shower
It is incredibly easy to give yourself the healing powers of eucalyptus.
- Go to your local flower shop to locate some fresh eucalyptus. You can sometimes find it at health food stores like Whole Foods.
- Once you have a few eucalyptus branches, use a string or twine to tie them together. Use another piece of twine or string to the end of your bundle and hand it off your shower head, as close to the wall as you can. Make sure the steam is the closest to the shower head with the leaves hanging downward.
- Adjust the leaves so they don’t get hit by too much water. This will increase the amount they seep into the steam. Climb into the tub and enjoy your hot shower. You can leave your eucalyptus in the shower for up to one week to enjoy its full benefits.
Note: Fresh eucalyptus may be toxic to cats and dogs, so be sure to keep them away from your pets!