Eucalyptus oil has been used for centuries in folk medicine, with people harnessing its healing powers for various ailments. Herb specialist Christine Buckley explains that eucalyptus oil contains different compounds that provide relief from sore muscles, indigestion and other conditions. Scientific research has proven the existence of these health benefits, including anti-inflammatory effects and improvements in air quality when eucalyptus essential oils are used.
The active ingredient in eucalyptus oil, eucalyptol, is responsible for removing mucus from the respiratory tract and relieving coughs and sore throats. Additionally, the aroma 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, where warm and moist air helps to evaporate the oils and release their beneficial properties.
Inhaling the evaporated eucalyptus oil provides numerous health benefits while also creating a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere in the shower. However, Buckley emphasizes that it’s important to replace the eucalyptus twig in the shower if its smell weakens over time. There’s no need to keep it in the bathroom after its oils have evaporated as it doesn’t provide any additional benefits.