Stuffy Nose? Hang Some Eucalyptus In Your Shower

The plant doesn't just have a lovely smell; it can also help you breathe easier.

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Stepping into a hot shower can help release all the tension you've gathered after a long, stressful day. Now imagine breathing in deep to a minty sweet aroma as it mixes with the steam—a distinctive scent that could only derive from a eucalyptus plant.

If that sounds like something you'd only experience in a luxurious day spa, think again. People are truly going the extra mile to amplify their shower experience by hanging a bundle of eucalyptus from their shower head. The "bath bouquet" trend , but recently resurfaced on Reddit under r/lifehacks.

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from user Mari1aAW recommends hanging eucalyptus in the shower for its amazing scent, but there's actually more to this hack than meets the eye (or nose). Eucalyptus has been shown to help relieve upper respiratory issues, which is why it's often the active ingredient in over-the-counter chest rubs and used with humidifiers. The steam of the shower releases the essential oils of the eucalyptus plant, which can clear nasal congestion and inflammation related to

Note: If you have dogs or cats in your home, make sure they have zero access to your eucalyptus as it's extremely toxic for them to ingest. (Source: )

Curious to see what showering with eucalyptus can do for you? You can buy fresh eucalyptus from your local florist, plant shop, or the flower section of your grocery store—and don't feel like you need massive bundle. Reddit user troglodyte , "We hang a few springs in each shower, not a huge bundle. 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."

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Once you've got your eucalyptus, simply tie the stems together with a rubber band or natural twine and tie them to the shower head. Ideally, you'll want to tie them toward the back of the shower head so they're not directly in the water's flow. Some people even point them to the side or have them balance directly on top of the shower head instead of tying. It depends on what kind of shower head you're working with!

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And call me basic, but you have to admit: eucalyptus is super pretty.

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So next time you're laid up with congestion from a nasty cold, get a sprig of eucalyptus and hit the shower. It could be just the thing to clear you right up.

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