Welcome to Spa Week – Day 3! All week long, we’ll be sharing our best tips for bringing the spa home. While I love essential oils and use them often in my day-to-day life, nothing can quite replicate the scent and beauty of real plants and flowers in your home. Every once in a while I just want some actual greenery in my home, you know? That desire gets even stronger during the dreary winter months when the sun rarely peeks out from behind the clouds. So when I came across this idea for utilizing fresh eucalyptus, I was on board immediately!
Eucalyptus, as you may already know, is a powerhouse plant for relieving symptoms of respiratory issues. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help open up the airways in your nose and throat. And the best news of all is that you can easily harness the anti-inflammatory powers of fresh eucalyptus simply by taking a shower!
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Bringing a few branches of fresh eucalyptus into a steamy shower will activate and release the beneficial oils in the leaves. Your inflamed airways and congestion will be no match for the powerful combination of eucalyptus and steam! Give it a try the next time you’re feeling stuffy – you’ll be singing the praises of eucalyptus showers to everyone you know!
Setting up your aromatic shower is incredibly easy. First, you’ll need to locate some fresh eucalyptus. Check with the employees at your local flower shops, who should be able to point you in the right direction. You can sometimes find eucalyptus at health food stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, and you can also find a few branches of eucalyptus in some grocery store flower bouquets. Pick the eucalyptus out, and place the rest of the bouquet in a vase to put on display. Fresh flowers are never a waste, in my opinion! :-)
Once you have a few eucalyptus branches, use a length of string or baker’s twine to tie them together securely. Then, use another length of twine to tie the end of your bundle of eucalyptus to your shower head, as close to the wall as you can get it. (You want the eucalyptus to hang down along your shower wall, behind the stream of water and not in front of it.)
All that’s left to do is to take a warm and steamy shower! You can leave the eucalyptus in your shower for up to a week to continue to receive the benefits. (A word of caution: fresh eucalyptus can be toxic to cats and dogs, so make sure to keep the door to your bathroom shut if you plan on leaving the eucalyptus in your shower.)
What is your favorite way to make your showers a little more luxurious?