Oct 02, 2019, Inspiration
What are the health benefits of using eucalyptus in the shower?
Combining the relaxing atmosphere and many health benefits of taking a shower, with the eucalyptus plant is a great combination if you are suffering from a number of common illnesses, or as a way to relax and unwind.
What is eucalyptus?
Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree which is native to Australia. The oil from the eucalyptus plant is used worldwide as an antiseptic, in perfumes and cosmetics. The leaves of the plant contain flavonoids which are plant-based antioxidants and tannins which help reduce inflammation. These leaves are steamed giving us the eucalyptus oil which is widely used worldwide for multiple purposes.
What are the health benefits of eucalyptus?
If you’re wondering what the benefits of eucalyptus can have on you then look no further. Eucalyptus has several health benefits which include:
• Stress relief
• Muscle and joint pain
Eucalyptus for stress relief
The aroma of the eucalyptus plant alone is enough to cause a soothing and calming effect, which can be a great way to help you relax and unwind whilst in the shower if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Eucalyptus for coughs
For many years, eucalyptus has been used to help ease the effects of coughs and congestion. In fact, many over-the-counter cough ointments and medicines contain extracts of eucalyptus oils as one of their main ingredients. Breathing in the steam as well as the aroma of the eucalyptus plant whilst in the shower is a great way to help you fight off a cough.
Eucalyptus for colds
Given its history of an antiseptic, the eucalyptus plant can be used to help to alleviate symptoms of a cold. So, if you’re dealing with a bunged-up nose and looking for a natural remedy then look no further. Eucalyptus has been proven to be effective in treating non-bacterial sinus infections (those that don’t require antibiotics). Again, breathing in the steam and aroma of the eucalyptus plant when used in the shower can help beat a lingering winter cold.
Eucalyptus for congestion
Eucalyptus can help with respiratory problems by inhaling steam from the shower which contains eucalyptus or eucalyptus oil. This is because the oil reacts with mucous membranes, not only reducing mucus but also helping to loosen it off your chest.
Eucalyptus for muscle and joint pain
Given that most over-the-counter creams and ointments used to soothe muscle and joint pains contain extracts of eucalyptus it can be said that the plant is helpful to eliminate this pain. If you are experiencing mild pain spending time unwinding and relaxing in regular showers which uses eucalyptus extract can help to alleviate some of the pain you are facing. However, it’s worth seeking the advice of your GP if you suffer from severe muscle and joint pain, or have an ongoing injury.
How to incorporate eucalyptus into your shower routine
By hanging a piece of eucalyptus around your shower head, you are allowing the aromatherapy of the plant to transform the room with its aroma and health benefits. If you suffer from the many stresses of daily life and are looking for a natural stress relief remedy, or suffer from muscle and joint pain, diabetes, congestion, coughs or colds, alternative then look no further than your daily shower routine.