Social media has a lot to answer for when it comes to weird and wonderful flash-in-the-pan beauty trends. There was the 100 layers of everything that took hold a couple of years ago (no one needs that much mascara), and the pimple popping phenomenon that Dr Pimple Popper kick-started a few years back and saw too many people take to YouTube and Instagram to squeeze out the contents of their pores.
Eucalyptus is the latest trend to take hold on Pinterest. The social platform has reported an increase of 317% in pins supporting the new craze for hanging the plant in your shower. It’s believed that a sprig of eucalyptus not only transforms the mundane task of showering into a spa-like experience with selfcare . But is there a method to this madness?
What are the health and beauty benefits of eucalyptus?
For centuries the plant has been treasured for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory powers. Recent research suggested that eucalyptus oil could help boost your immune system, and even more impressively, one species of the plant has been touted as a potential future option for antibiotics. On a day-to-day basis, breathing in eucalyptus aroma is thought to help settle the mind and relax us.
A warm, steamy bathroom is one of the best climates to release the aromatherapy benefits of the plant – a sort of DIY steam extraction so to speak. Hence why people are choosing to hang the plant in their shower.
What are the other options?
Not everyone wants to go to the effort of hanging a sprig of eucalyptus in their bathroom. If you would prefer a more low maintenance approach to reaping the benefits of eucalyptus, look to Kneipp’s fuss-free, potent blend, Mint & Eucalyptus Body Wash, £5.95, and Dr Bronner’s Eucalyptus Organic Soap Bar, £3.99. Both offer the antibacterial benefits of the plants, as well as the soothing scent to help you relax in minutes – until we move on to the next trend…