Sunday, November 1, 2015

Why You Should Hang Eucalyptus In Your Shower

Did you know?

It is common in Italy to find fresh sprigs of Eucalyptus casually tied on to shower heads. When you take a hot bath or shower, the steam will release the eucalyptus oils. Eucalyptus is a natural decongestant, taking a shower with one can help to clear up sinuses and loosen cough. Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree that’s widely used for its medicinal properties.

Eucalyptus 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 you can easily harness the anti-inflammatory powers of fresh eucalyptus simply by taking a shower.

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.

Setting up your aromatic shower is incredibly easy. First, you’ll need 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.

Benefits of eucalyptus oil are well-known and wide ranging, and its properties include anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal qualities. Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless and has a distinctive taste and odor.

In addition to being used for its aroma, eucalyptus oil also has flavoring, pharmaceutical, and antiseptic uses. Eucalyptus oil may also have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties - people use eucalyptus oil to help treat a wide range of medical conditions.

Eucalyptus oil was used in traditional Aboriginal medicines for treating fungal infections and skin wounds. Eucalyptus tea was also administered to reduce fevers.

Eucalyptus is used for a range of medical conditions in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. Eucalyptus oil was used in most hospitals in England to clean urinary catheters. It is also an effective insect repellent.

Other benefits of eucalyptus:
  • Arthritis - potentially due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • A blocked nose.
  • Wounds and burns.
  • Ulcers.
  • Cold sores - perhaps due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Bladder diseases.
  • Diabetes - eucalyptus might help lower blood sugar.
  • Fever.
How to use eucalyptus:

Eucalyptus leaves can be found online and used in a variety of ways, including:

Tea. Use tea bags made from ground eucalyptus leaves.

Aromatherapy. Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a diffuser or steam bowl.

Whole leaves. Hang the leaves in your shower or add them to your bath for a relaxing spa-like experience.

Bug repellent. Purchase or make a bug repellent with lemon eucalyptus essential oil.

Topical. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil into a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, and apply it to your chest to ease congestion.

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