Eucalyptus showers are the new way to upgrade your morning routine

We don’t know about you, but we’ll do pretty much anything to feel a little more invigorated in the morning. From citrus-infused shower gels to liberal amounts of caffeine, we thought we’d tried everything in the name of a positive start to the day – until we discovered the growing online trend for eucalyptus showers.

The concept of eucalyptus showers, where you knot a bundle of the aromatic branches around your shower head to add scent and steam to your experience, isn’t a new one, but this year it’s been gaining in popularity across sites like Instagram and Pinterest (where saves for the idea have increased by 317%).

Why? Well, not only is eucalyptus an affordable way to add a luxury spa vibe to your daily routine, the heat of the shower is said to unlock a lot of hidden benefits from the plant. For example, feeling stuffy? It’s thought that the natural oils in the leaves of the eucalyptus tree can ease congestion.

If you’re keen to try eucalyptus showers at home, you can usually get your hands on fresh eucalyptus from local flower shops, or occasionally in store-bought bouquets. Once you’ve gathered a bundle, simply tie it together with a length of twine and wrap securely around the top of your shower head – this should last you for around a week.

It’s quick, simple and not too expensive, but there is a word of warning you should heed: eucalyptus can be toxic to dogs and cats, so you’ll need to be vigilant if you have pets at home.

If you don’t want to use the leaves themselves (or simply can’t find them in your area), you can achieve a similar result by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a small bowl and placing this in the room whilst you wash.

Either way, you’ll feel rejuvenated, relaxed and ready to take on the day – and your bathroom will be brightened by a bonus spot of greenery too.