The Brilliant Reason People Are Hanging Eucalyptus in Their Showers
Feeling congested? This will help.
We know what you’re thinking: it sounds a lot like a short-lived Instagram fad.
Well, think again. It turns out that bath bouquets—the cute term for hanging fresh blooms in your shower—do a lot more than spruce up your morning routine. According to Prevention, a growing number of people are amping up their shower experience by hanging a bundle of eucalyptus from their shower heads. And they don’t just look pretty, the steam also unlocks a minty sweet aroma that smells good and relieves upper respiratory issues.
It’s like a home spa version of Vicks Vapor Rub!
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Creating a similar effect as its creamy, over-the-counter relative, the steam of the shower releases the essential oils of the eucalyptus plant, which studies have shown, can clear nasal congestion and inflammation related to sinus and bronchial infections. Eucalyptus oils can also help to de-stress, relax and improve your mood.
To make your own eucalyptus bath bouquet, Prevention recommends fastening the stems of a few springs together with a rubber band or twine and tying them to the shower head. Just be sure to tilt it away from the flow of water so as not to get in the way.
Wondering where to get your hands on a few sprigs of this magical plant? You can find fresh eucalyptus at your local florist or even in the flower section of your grocery store.
Trust us, your sinuses will thank you.