Experience the Benefits of Eucalyptus in the Shower
By Caryn Gehlmann
We recently released a new e3 product, Breathe Easy Shower Mist, because we believe eucalyptus in the shower is fantastic aromatherapy! In fact, the more research being done on eucalyptus essential oil, the more health benefits researchers are discovering!
Let’s talk about three of the health benefits of eucalyptus*:
1. Respiratory Support
Eucalyptus essential oil has potent properties that have been shown to help with respiratory congestion and tense breathing. Research has shown that people with respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, have benefited from the inhalation of eucalyptus. The anti-bacterial properties can inhibit bacteria that cause sinus infections, fever, and flu, while the anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve asthmatic symptoms.
Eucalyptus essential oil is particularly helpful when added to hot water for steam inhalation. Similar to menthol, it acts on receptors in the nasal mucous membranes and lessens nasal and sinus congestion from colds or allergies. So you can see why eucalyptus in the shower is the perfect combination! Breathe Easy Shower Mist is one of the easiest ways to combine a steamy shower, or even a steam room treatment, with eucalyptus essential oils.
2. Mental & Emotional Support
Eucalyptus has also been noted to help reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, nervous tension, mild depression, and apathy. The scent of eucalyptus is refreshing and rejuvenating so it works as a mild stimulant on days where you’re feeling a bit down. Many find the shower to be a place to relax and recharge, so by adding Breathe Easy Shower Mist to your shower routine, you can enjoy an even more relaxing experience.
3. Soothes Pain & Inflammation
Much research has been done on the use of eucalyptus to treat pain and inflammation. You may be surprised to discover how many popular over-the-counter creams and ointments used to soothe the pain from arthritis contain eucalyptus. As a stimulant, eucalyptus helps increase blood circulation which can also provide pain relief. It also has cooling properties that can provide comfort when fighting a migraine or a fever. (Interesting that in some countries, eucalyptus trees are called fever trees.)
Breathe Easy Shower Mist combines three different types of eucalyptus — Citriodora, Radiata, Smithii — as each contributes slightly different properties and benefits. We’ve also included peppermint essential oil, known to assist with respiratory congestion, muscle spasms, mental fatigue, mental fog, nervous stress, and mild depression. And we find that peppermint is one of the most beloved scents!
Breathe Easy Shower Mist promotes comfortable, relaxed deep breathing, making it an excellent way to calm stress and anxiety and recenter yourself for the day. Watch a short video to see how to use it! After you’ve given it a try, we’d absolutely love to hear your feedback on it.
Most of us are dealing with additional stress during this pandemic. We invite you to visit our “Nurturing Resilience” page which will give you access to 30 aromatherapy tips specifically designed to help you with what’s going on right now.
*Please note, eucalyptus essential oil is usually not recommended for children below the age of 3.