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Using eucalyptus in the shower – the benefits behind the popular plant

Thinking of using eucalyptus in the shower? This is how herbalists use the desired plant for an instant spa-like effect

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It’s easy to see why the eucalyptus is having a moment. With its natural aesthetic and almost-medicinal aroma, this plant is at the peak of many designers' and herbalists' wish lists. It is, therefore, only right that you know how to maximize its benefits by bringing the trend into your bathroom – and using eucalyptus in the shower is the best place to start. 

Experts have revealed that using eucalyptus in the shower may reduce asthma and sinusitis – and the effects of flu – amongst other benefits. So, if you’re looking to introduce the power and beauty of a spa into your bathroom, this trend is for you. 

Using eucalyptus in the shower – what are the benefits?

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Eucalyptus is one of the best indoor plants you can use when feeling unwell, or you simply want to feel uplifted,' says Dr. Jenelle Kim, the Founder and Formulator of JBK Wellness Labs (opens in new tab). 'And the shower room is the optimum place for this highly-desired plant.'

‘The steam from the shower naturally releases the eucalyptus plants’ essential oils. Combined with the steam from the shower, this is an amazing remedy when you’re feeling under the weather,’ Dr. Jenelle says. ‘The eucalyptus oil works by loosening the mucus in the sinus passages, allowing for better airflow. This will help suppress a cough as well,’ she says. 

And alongside eucalyptus’ ability to boost your immune system, it is also good for reducing congestion from colds or flu – meaning you can expect to see this interior design trend endure long into the colder months. 

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‘The essential oils from eucalyptus help relieve congestion, making it perfect for winter when cold and cases of flu peak,’ adds Drench (opens in new tab)’s bathroom expert, Dominic Lees-Bell.

‘According to a study (opens in new tab), inhaling air infused with eucalyptus oil can significantly lower your blood pressure. And last but not least, it is effective in helping you de-stress. Perfect for shower time,’ he adds.  

Using eucalyptus in the shower – how to bring the plant into your bathroom  

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Using eucalyptus in the shower is one of the simplest but more effective ways to turn your bathroom into a spa. The method has dominated social media in recent months – but it is no surprise when you consider how simple it is to achieve great results. 

Dr. Jenelle recommends using fresh eucalyptus plant leaves and some garden twine. ‘You can find eucalyptus plants at most local flower shops, Whole Foods, Farmer's markets, or Trader Joe's,’ she says. The Dr suggests using the garden twine to hang the plants in your shower. This will ensure the plants are held up for longer and will last longer in the shower. 

'Hanging eucalyptus in your shower not only looks good, but it will provide a sense of tranquillity along with other healing properties,' says H&G garden expert, Rachel Crow. 'Think anti-stress, relaxation and decongesting benefits.'

So whether you’re looking to elevate your walk-in shower ideas or you want to hang eucalyptus above the bath – this plant is the simple solution to a stylish seasonal scheme that you will want to use time and time again. 

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.