Hey loves, how have y’all been holding up? Sending y’all love and positive vibes. It has been almost a year since I started using eucalyptus leaves in the shower. I have been using eucalyptus essential oil for years. I never thought about the leaves tho.
Well, one night I was scrolling down Pinterest looking for more ways to make spa like moments in my home. I scrolled upon a pin talking about adding eucalyptus leaves to the shower for a spa like feeling.
On Life Through Fancy Eyes, we are all about making spa like moments at home. Your home is where you spend most of your time. It is only right to try to make it as relaxing and peaceful as possible. Am I right?
Anyway, I started looking more into the eucalyptus leaves. I found that you can create a spa like de stressing moment and help your sinus at the same time with eucalyptus leaves in the shower. Sold!
So, the next day, I was calling my local garden to find these leaves. My local garden was out of them. Next, I found myself on Etsy. Bulls eye. I found some.
You know what I did next right? If you said, ordered it. Yep, you are correct. I was so excited for them to come.
Mind you, this was my 1st purchase on Etsy. Yeah, I know, I am late to the Etsy party. Better late than never. Ha. So, I didn’t know what to expect .
To my surprise, the shipment was fast. It came sooner than was expected. That is always a plus.
Let me say this, I am bath girl. I need my baths. I have a whole mood set for my baths. I lay out all the works. It is my time for ME. I am very picky about it. I respect that time I make for myself.
So, there is no holding back. Baths are very important to me. They are a part of my night time routine.
But in the morning, shower is where it is at. I have aromatherapy candles lit in my bathroom and some classical music playing in the background. Lately, Mozart been setting the morning mood just right.
I take an eucalyptus shower while this mood is going on. Nothing but Zen vibes, I tell ya.
Since how you start your day off set the tone for you day, morning routine is very important.
Wait, let’s discuss the benefits of eucalyptus.
According to Ali et al (2015) research on ScienceDirect.com, these below have all been associated with the use of the essential oils of Eucalyptus.
The essential oils of Eucalyptus may possess properties such as
The essential oils of Eucalyptus may be use to
Relieve symptoms associated with cough, sore throat, cold, sinus issues, respiratory issues, etc.
May help with wounds of the skin such as burns, cuts, insect bites, lice, etc.
May help relieve muscle and joint pain & rheumatoid arthritis
Isn’t it amazing how powerful essential oils can be?
Pletcher (2016) discussed ways Eucalyptus essential oil can be use in everyday living. Her findings shared some of the same properties mentioned above by Ali et al (2015). She further discussed different ways to use the oil in your regimen.
She mentioned how it can help with respiratory issues when you inhaled it through steaming. It helps to breaks up the mucus.
She also talked about how eucalyptus essential oil has been used as an active ingredient in some toothpaste and mouthwash to combat mouth odor. It may also reduce plaque buildup on teeth.
She also shared how eucalyptus essential oil is also an active ingredient in some muscle and joint ache over the counter rub to help relieve muscle pain and inflammation.
Caution: She also warn about allergic reactions regarding people who suffer with asthma. It may help with asthma symptoms if you are not allergic to eucalyptus. If you are allergic to eucalyptus, it may not be good for you.
As with anything, I recommend that you do your research and discuss eucalyptus with your doctor before using it.
Are you still with me? Sounds like some good stuff, right? Yeah. As I stated in the beginning of the blog, I have been using eucalyptus essential oil for years. It is a staple in my house. It is right beside garlic and a few other things.
When the weather is changing and our sinus get to acting up, we use it as a rub for the chest. We also use it as massage oil during this time. I add a few drops with some other oils to some coconut or olive oil and use it as a oil for my husband and I to give each other massages.
I have different concoctions for our massage oil. Each one has a purpose but this one does the trick when the weather is changing, I feel a cold coming on, or our sinus trying to act up. It also helps when muscles and joints are aching from a workout. It gives relief. It helps so much.
Let me just add, I know we are talking about eucalyptus oil. It is great. I am fan of essential oils.
Since we are talking about massages, I got to tell you this. Try a foot massage with some peppermint & lavender essential oils with a carrier oil is the BOMB. This mixture consists of stimulation combined with relaxation. My husband and I both love it. The BOMB, I tell ya.
By the way, this mixture is good as a massage oil also.
Ok, now back to the wonderful benefits of eucalyptus essential oil.
If I feel congested, I inhale the smell of this oil. It helps open things up.
If I feel a little stress, I inhale the smell of this oil. It helps to relaxes me. It provides mental clarity. I have a few essential oils for this. Lavender essential oil is definitely on this list.
I like to place a few drops in my bath to help give me that stress free, zen, and relaxing vibe
I use it in the diffuser to give the room a nice & pleasant vibe. The smell of the aroma is just calming to the mind. It is also another way to relieve congestion.
I use aromatherapy candles that are made with eucalyptus oil. When they are lit, it just gives the room and my body a whole zen and relaxing experience.
I am sure by now, you know I am all about the zen vibes lol. Eucalyptus oil has medicinal, therapeutic, and zen properties. I’m all for that.
You see, eucalyptus essential oil has been useful in our household. I only use essential oils externally. I do not ingest essential oils ever.
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Ok, now, let’s get to the eucalyptus leaves.
As I was saying earlier, I was strolling down Pinterest and saw eucalyptus leaves in the shower. I ordered some and here we are.
I found some quick directions on how to put it up in the shower on EliteDaily.com. Burke (2018) explained how plants can have a positive effect on you physically and psychologically. So, you get the benefits of the eucalyptus essential oil and the plant all in one. Big Win!
She also talked about how to hang it up. She stated that you need to hang it around your shower head and make sure it is not directly underneath the water.
This stop the water from constantly hitting the plant. Hitting the plant with the water does not cause the essential oils to release anyway. It is the steam in the shower that does.
Well, how do you get the leaves on the shower head? Easy, peasy. A quick rubber band around the leaves first. Next, use another rubber band and connect the leaves to your shower head. That will do the trick. It does not have to be anything fancy.
My husband came home and was like, what is this dear lol. I said you know me. Of course, I gave him the run down of the benefits. Maybe, he heard some of it or a piece of it lol. After he took a shower in it a couple times, he was sold. He said it was doing something.
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Recap right quick. You got your aromatherapy candles lit in the bathroom. Your relaxing music playing in the background. I am currently vibing to Mozart during this time. The shower is steaming with the release of eucalyptus essential oil.
Ready for you to get in to enjoy the experience of feeling de stress & calming, sinus clearing up if needed, mental clarity, and so on.
There you have it. Your very own spa like moment in the shower with some medicinal properties.
The eucalyptus leaves can last up to 1 week. You can get them from your local garden, grocery store like trader joes, or Etsy.
Here is another caution: Eucalyptus leaves can be toxic to cats and dogs.
Here is a Tip for the road:
Let the shower steam up a couple minutes before you get in
If you can’t get the leaves, you can always get a mist with eucalyptus essential oil in it and spray a few pumps in the shower and get your zen on.
drop a few drops of the essential oil in the shower
Eucalyptus leaves shower can be added to your morning or night routine. The effects are great either way. Go Zen it out, OK.
Have you use eucalyptus leaves in the shower before? Do you have any tips on essential oils? Do share in the comments.
Until next time
Ali et al. (2015). Essentials Oils Used in Aromatherapy: A Systemic Review. retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2221169115001033#bib44
Burke, C (2018). Hanging Eucalyptus in Your Shower is the One Stress Relief Hack You’ve Been Sleeping On. retrieved from https://www.elitedaily.com/p/hanging-eucalyptus-in-your-shower-is-the-one-stress-relief-hack-youve-been-sleeping-on-9156620
Pletcher, P. (2016). 9 Amazing Eucalyptus Oil Benefits You Need to Know. retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/9-ways-eucalyptus-oil-can-help