Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few months, you’ve most likely seen the eucalyptus shower upgrades on social media. People are hanging a wreath of eucalyptus leaves under their showers, with the promise that it’s good for your health, lowers your stress levels, and keeps you calm. Can a beautiful plant do all of that and more?
I’m dying to add the eucalyptus bunch to my shower just because I love how it looks. However, my partner wanted proof, so I did some digging myself and discover the real power of eucalyptus.
Why Everyone Loves Eucalyptus
To starters, I’m not sure the eucalyptus plant itself is the star of the show. Instead, it appears to be its oil that takes all the credit. Eucalyptus oil has been said by various studies to be antimicrobial. But, the leaves are still important; they are supposed to help fight the common cold or the flu. Even OTC medication includes eucalyptus.
It keeps bugs away. According to a study, eucalyptus oil can come in handy as a natural insect repellant, helping you create a shield between you and mosquitoes, ticks, and mites.
Are you starting to fall in love with eucalyptus yet? Because I am.
How Can I Use Eucalyptus
There are so many ways to use eucalyptus. It all depends on your needs and goals. Since I can’t talk about all the various ways you can use it, here’s a quick guide to eucalyptus.
For sinus relief: add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to an essence diffuser.
For pain-relief: rub a few drops on the affected area.
For boosting immunity: add a few drops to your bath or hang a wreath of eucalyptus plant under your shower.
For skin issues: to relieve pain from eczema or other conditions, add a few drops to a water bottle and use it on the affected area.
The Dark Side of Eucalyptus
Of course, when something seems too good to be true, it probably is. While eucalyptus is mostly safe, there are some risks when you don’t follow the right instructions.
For example, Eucalyptol, a chemical found in eucalyptol oil, is possibly safe when taken by mouth for up to 12 months. More research is still needed for the long-term use of this oil.
On the other hand, using eucalyptus oil directly onto the skin is unsafe. It can cause irritation when not appropriately diluted in water. The same concept applies when eucalyptus is taken by mouth before being diluted.
A Note from GR8NESS
As always, never just try something because it’s trending. Check with your health care provider if you’re looking into natural remedies like eucalyptus to treat any condition or to supplement your wellness regimen.