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Pinterest users are obsessed with eucalyptus in the shower right now—here’s why


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I’m going to be honest with you: You can boil this entire article down to a “goes forest bathing once” meme (but please for my sake, keep reading). Shower plants are a thing. As more and more people move to cities with limited green spaces, it’s somehow not that surprising that our homes are beginning to look more and more like the great outdoors.

As humans, we crave nature and that’s especially true in the bathroom,where bathing amongst greenery can help purify the air, keep bacteria at bay, and sort of handle the whole water-as-you-go sitch (they live in a shower, after all). So it’s not a huge surprise that eucalyptus in the shower searches are trending on Pinterest 317 percent since last year.

Once you get your bathroom nice and steamy, the warm temps from the water will help to release the plant’s aromatherapeutic, essential oil benefits.

But beyond providing typical greenery perks, hanging a sprig or two of eucalyptus from your shower head turns your bathroom into a full-on spa. Here’s how it works: Once you get your bathroom nice and steamy, the warm temps from the water will help to release the plant’s aromatherapeutic, essential oil benefits. The more steam that you create, the more that it turns your room into an IRL essential-oil diffuser of sorts.

And not to be outdone, there are serious health perks to this: Eucalyptus has been shown in studies to potentially improve breathing. A morning shower can turn into a mindful way to remember to come back to your breath and reset.  In other words: Sprig, steam, and shower on.

These are the 10 essential oils everyone should stock up on, according to the founder of S.K. Basics—and the two you need to keep your feet smelling sweet this summer.

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