While we’re not huge on following trends here, one on Tok Tok that is happening right now that caught our eye is the trend for eucalyptus showers.
People are putting a eucalyptus plant in a hanging basket and hanging it in their showers. It’s officially a thing, and while we don’t know where it’s come from, it’s definitely not a bad idea, especially as the seasons start to change.
Eucalyptus is native to Australia and has been traditionally used to treat colds, flu, fever, aches and pains and inflammation. It’s a key ingredient in things like Vicks balm and Tiger Balm and while in the UK we really associate it with childhood colds, other parts of the world use eucalyptus to treat all kinds of things, from headaches to bruises.
Eucalyptus is high in volatile essential oils, which gives it its distinctive scent. But why hang it in the shower? This trick works in a similar way to an essential oil diffuser – the heat and moisture work to activate the essential oils and the contained environment helps concentrate the aromas. As well as smelling great, inhaled eucalyptus has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial (preventing pneumonia)1 and antiviral (including one study on COVID-19).2 Eucalyptus may even have anti-cancer properties.3
While a eucalyptus shower being a trend may baffle us, we are firm believers in the power of plant essential oils and having plants like eucalyptus in the house is a great way to bring a little bit of nature indoors. Showering with medicinal plants like this certainly isn’t going to cause any harm and is a great way for people to discover the power of plant essential oils. You could also try doing this with lemon balm or mint plants or try a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a plug in diffuser.
- Ali Karimpour H, Hematpour B, Mohammadi S, Aminisaman J, Mirzaei M, Morteza Karimian S, Mumtaz F, Kaviannejad R. Effect of Nebulized Eucalyptus for Preventing Ventilator-associated Pneumonia in Patients Under Mechanical Ventilation: A Randomized Double Blind Clinical Trial. Altern Ther Health Med. 2020 Aug;26(S2):126-130. PMID: 32088670.
- Gowrishankar S, Muthumanickam S, Kamaladevi A, Karthika C, Jothi R, Boomi P, Maniazhagu D, Pandian SK. Promising phytochemicals of traditional Indian herbal steam inhalation therapy to combat COVID-19 – An in silico study. Food Chem Toxicol. 2021 Feb;148:111966. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2020.111966. Epub 2021 Jan 4. PMID: 33412235; PMCID: PMC7780060.
- Vuong QV, Chalmers AC, Jyoti Bhuyan D, Bowyer MC, Scarlett CJ. Botanical, Phytochemical, and Anticancer Properties of the Eucalyptus Species. Chem Biodivers. 2015 Jun;12(6):907-24. doi: 10.1002/cbdv.201400327. PMID: 26080737.