Taking a luxurious bath has for some time been the epitome of the self-care experience. However, if you are not a beach bather, you can increase your experience in a simple way: eucalyptus bathing bouquet. They are the latest trend in people's showers – and not just because they look pretty. (No, seriously, the aesthetics of these things alone is reason enough to hang them up.)
While the concept of putting plants in the shower is not exactly new, a post on Reddit has revived the trend. A viral thread was recommended to hang eucalyptus in the shower because of its pleasant aroma. But the hack is far more than you think. When the flu season is just around the corner, a steaming shower can do wonders to clear mucus and relieve congestion when you get sick. However, it is known that especially eucalyptus alleviates the upper respiratory tract. This is why it is a common ingredient used in over-the-counter chest cleaners and humidifiers. (Related: The Best Essential Oils That You Can Buy at Amazon)
So what does it matter if you hang it in your shower? The steam actually releases the essential oils in the plant, which can contribute to the elimination of congestion and inflammation. For the most benefit, we recommend inhaling the steam slowly for about five minutes. This should be enough to break up the mucus in your body. And even if you are not sick, the smell of eucalyptus is seriously stressless.
If you want to get your hands on fresh eucalyptus, your local florist is a good place to start, as is the flower section of your local grocery store. Whether you want to soothe your cold or just smell good (and look good), you will not need much to get the job done. Add a couple of sprigs to your showerhead and you can get started until it dries out (about two months, according to the user).
If you are more bath person (baths * can * be healthier than showers, btw) you can have the same effect with some bath salts with Eucalyptus essential oil ($ 18, sephora.com) or by adding some eucalyptus oil ($ 13, anthropologie .com) to a room diffuser.