Eucalyptus has been used in folk medicine for centuries, with both the plant and its essential oils being used to treat various ailments. Herb specialist Christine Buckley explains that different types of eucalyptus have been 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 responsible for many of its health benefits. Eucalyptol helps to remove mucus from the respiratory tract and relieves coughs and sore throats. The smell of eucalyptus also improves concentration, calms the respiratory system, and has an anti-inflammatory effect. This makes eucalyptus a popular choice for use in showers, where the warm, moist air helps the oils to evaporate and release their beneficial properties.
When using eucalyptus in the shower, it’s important to replace the twig if the smell becomes weak or no longer effective. However, keeping a twig in the bathroom after the oils have evaporated is unnecessary and serves no purpose. Overall, eucalyptus is a versatile herb that can provide numerous health benefits when used correctly.