Sometimes the simplest things in life can be delightful and good for your health at the same time. Eucalyptus oil is an ingredient in many cough medicines and it is helpful with any respiratory problems. A terrific way to get the benefits from eucalyptus is to hang a fresh sprig of eucalyptus branches in the shower and then when taking a nice steamy shower breath in the wonderfully-scented air.
Getting a fresh sprig of eucalyptus is not very difficult or expensive. Many florists have them. They may also be available in health food stores, at a garden shop, or at a farmer’s markets.
Shape recommends that when hanging the eucalyptus branches in the shower, you should not let it hang under the running water. Instead, hang it above the water or against a wall to let it be enveloped by steam. The steam extracts the aromatic oil and makes the shower have a wonderful scent.
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If you happen to catch a cold or the flu, taking a hot shower with lots of steam helps loosen the congestion in the lungs and soothes the nasal passages and throat. Once you try eucalyptus in a shower you will really appreciate it. Not only does it look attractive and smell great, it is really nice for the winter season of colds and flu to get a bit of natural relief. Depending on the freshness of the eucalyptus branches, they can last from two weeks up to two months without needing to be replaced.
Another way to enjoy the benefits of eucalyptus is to add a bit of eucalyptus oil to the water in a vaporizer or use the oil in a room diffuser. This aromatherapy is very soothing.
The eucalyptus tree originally came from Bruny Island in southern Tasmania, off the coast of Australia. It was discovered by a botanist named David Nelson who was a part of Captain Cook’s third exposition in 1777. Nelson brought some samples back to Britain at the end of that voyage.
Eucalyptus oil has many beneficial properties. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. It can be used as an antiseptic for cuts and wounds. Using eucalyptus in this way also reduces stress and invigorates a person at the same time. One of the nicest natural things to use to improve your health is the eucalyptus tree, so enjoy the benefits provided by putting branches of this tree in the shower and using the essential eucalyptus oil.