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Hang A Eucalyptus Bundle In Your Shower For Amazing Benefits

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Do you have plants in your bathroom?

If you don't, you might want to consider adding some greenery because they come with some fantastic benefits to your overall well-being.

"Plants have been shown to boost moods, increase creativity, filter indoor air toxins, and produce oxygen"”all are great reasons to invest in some houseplants," Erin Marino, founder of The Sill, told Into the Gloss. "Luckily, there are a number of common species that thrive in the typically tropical conditions a bathroom provides."

In our home, we're big fans of having aloe vera in the bathroom, because not only does it add to the decor, the gel it produces is extremely useful in soothing burns and treating minor cuts as well as insect bites.

But lately, there's another plant that has been getting all the attention, because not only does it add some green to your space, it can transform you entire shower experience.

If you'd like to replicate that invigorating spa-like ambiance in the comfort of your own bathroom, try hanging a fresh bundle of eucalyptus above your shower head.

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these days, going to the spa is as easy as hopping in your shower 💁🏼"â™€ï¸ . the DIY spa, that is! got this trick from @leefromamerica some time ago and have been doing it ever since. probably a year now?! it's so easy, affordable and makes me so happy ☺️ can't explain the contentment it brings. you'll have to try it to find out! . fresh bunch of eucalyptus + hot steam = sinus/stress/life relief HEAVEN! not to mention it makes your bathroom smell clean all the time and looks so posh 💅🏼 i get mine from @traderjoes for $3.99 and replace once a month, even though it lasts a bit longer than that. haven't ventured out to the farmers market yet but i've heard farm fresh euc lasts even longer! one day i'll get there and update ya 🌿 . simple tips like this make all the difference in an otherwise ordinary day. let me know if you try it in your own home! . #eucalyptus #eucalyptusshower #spa #diy #athome #sinus #sinusrelief #stressrelief #easy #affordable #steam #steamshower #spatreatment #leefromamerica #leefromamericainspired

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Eucalyptus has been a part of Chinese, Indian, Greek and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years because not only does its boast antimicrobial properties, it also contains flavnoids, a powerful antioxidant, as well as tannins, which is believed to help reduce inflammation.

It is also known for it's effectiveness in relieving upper respiratory problems, and this is why eucalyptus is often listed as in ingredient in certain over-the-counter rubs.

When you have a eucalyptus "bath bouquet" in your bathroom, the heat and steam that emanates from the shower activate the essential oils in the plant, which can be beneficial in reducing stress, boosting mood and energy, and could even potentially relieve congestion, allergies, and pain.

The sweet aroma of the plant will also help deodorize the bathroom and the rest of the home.

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The "bath bouquet" trend is not exactly new, but it has resurfaced on Reddit and Pinterest recently, and it got everyone talking.

There are a number of ways you can attach the fresh springs to your shower head, but the most effective way is to tie the stems together with natural twine or a rubber band, and hang them away from the the water's flow.

The best part is you don't need a large bundle to reap the benefits either.

"We hang a few springs in each shower, not a huge bundle," explained Reddit user troglodyte. "The bundles we buy are about two inches in diameter (at the stalk), and that's more than enough to cover two physical showers for a month."

If you'd like to give this shower trick a try, you can buy fresh eucalyptus at your local florist, farmer's market, or flower section of your grocery store.  

Will you be giving the "bath bouquet" idea a try? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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