Healing Energizing Eucalyptus

I recently purchased a bunch of seeded eucalyptus as filler for a flower arrangement and noticed that the eucalyptus long outlasted the rest of the arrangement. I didn’t want to toss out this fragrant plant material and considered how I might reuse it. Knowing that the lovely fragrance would intensify with steam, I decided to tie it up with some kitchen string and hang it from the handle of my shower.

Eucalyptus has a clean, menthol-like fragrance. When exposed to steam, it releases beneficial oils that are thought to have numerous health benefits.

It is antiseptic and soothing to wounds. It is also antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant in nature, which makes it a useful ingredient in many medicines that treat respiratory problems, including allergies, sinusitis, and bronchitis. Using it in the shower is a perfect way to open up stuffy sinuses.

The moisture from the shower extends the life of the eucalyptus and makes the entire house smell wonderful.

Eucalyptus oil also has a cooling, refreshing effect that is thought to remove exhaustion and mental sluggishness. Who wouldn’t benefit from that when getting ready in the morning?! It can also be used as a bug repellent and in homemade cleaning solutions. Added to a carrier oil and massaged into the skin, it is great for sore muscles and arthritis.

I think it looks pretty hanging in the shower and it makes me happy just walking by.

Could you benefit from hanging a bunch of eucalyptus in your shower?

7 thoughts on “Healing Energizing Eucalyptus

  1. I’ve seen this suggested before, but have never been able to try it because fresh eucalyptus isn’t something I could just pick up at the grocer. I do, however, love my eucalyptus oil, which I rely heavily on in my diffuser and vaporizer when anyone is sick. It’s an amazingly versatile plant for sure. 🙂

  2. Does eucalyptus not grow wild where you are? I would think it would be abundant in the forests there. One of the reasons I have enjoyed hiking in CA is the wonderful smell of eucalyptus that permeates the air. But I buy it at Trader Joe’s!

    1. It doesn’t grow anywhere near here that I know of. But we have a lot of sage brush and tumbleweeds. A whole area of it must smell wonderful. 🙂 (We don’t have a Trader Joe’s either. Or a Walmart for that matter. LoL … middle … of … nowhere.)

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