Eucalyptus has been used in folk medicine for centuries, with its plant and essential oils being utilized to treat a variety of ailments. Herb specialist Christine Buckley explains that different types of eucalyptus have shown to help with sore muscles, indigestion, and other conditions. Scientific research has confirmed the existence of health benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and improvements in air quality when eucalyptus essential oils are used.
The active ingredient in eucalyptus oil, eucalyptol, is what gives it its medicinal properties. Eucalyptol helps remove mucus from the respiratory tract and relieves coughs and sore throats. Additionally, the smell of eucalyptus improves concentration, calms the respiratory system, and has an anti-inflammatory effect. This makes eucalyptus oil a popular choice for use in showers.
When using eucalyptus in the shower, it’s important to note that the effectiveness of the plant diminishes over time. Buckley suggests replacing the eucalyptus twig in the shower if the smell becomes weak. Keeping a twig in the bathroom after the oils have evaporated is unnecessary and of no use. However, Buckley notes that even after evaporation, eucalyptus oil can still provide some benefits through its pleasant and relaxing scent.