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Life Hack: Put a Bunch of Eucalyptus In Your Shower

An aromatic DIY.


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Photography by Cody Guilfoyle.

Showering is the time to pause and refresh both body and mind, so it makes sense that we’re constantly searching for ways to elevate the everyday experience. With just a few low-impact updates, like replacing the showerhead or adding a caddy to display your favorite products, you can turn a standard routine into a five-star ritual. There is one more easy-to-DIY addition that’s more than just aesthetically pleasing: A eucalyptus bundle hanging from your showerhead is the simple but impactful hack your bathroom is missing.

A eucalyptus bundle isn’t just extraordinarily beautiful, but it’s also incredibly useful. The steam and heat from the shower help release the soothing aromatherapy powers of the plant, which can reduce sinus inflammation and help you breathe easier. Thought it might look simple, there is an art to creating the artful shower bouquet. Here are the six steps to creating your own eucalyptus bundle and turning your daily routine into something special.

Step 1: Pick Out Your Plants


Eucalyptus is rising in popularity, possibly due to its hardiness. The greenery will remain fresh and fragrant for weeks, and even after it begins to dry out, it’ll still give the look and scent of being fresh. This has made them high in demand at most bodegas, grocery stores, and flower shops, and you should be able to find them for pretty cheap too. Trader Joe’s even has them for $3 a bundle. You might even be spoiled for choice and be able to choose between a few varieties, whether that be true blue, silver dollar, or seeded eucalyptus. Feel free to pick your favorite and grab a bundle or two.

Step 2: Grab Some Twine


Once you’ve selected your winning eucalyptus stems, grab some natural jute twine. Twine dries quickly and is particularly hardy, making it the perfect pairing to keep your eucalyptus safely hanging in the shower. You’ll need ideally around five to six feet of twine to make one eucalyptus bouquet.

Step 3: Prepare Your Bundle


If your eucalyptus stems need a bit of a trim, feel free to take out a sturdy pair of pruning shears and cut them so they’re at similar lengths. Then, remove the eucalyptus leaves off the last three to four inches of the stems, as this will help you to tie them together easily. You can also do this after step four, if you’d prefer. Now for the fun part: Arrange the eucalyptus stems so there is a mix of lengths, which will make the bundle look lush and full.

Step 4: Wrap Things Up


Next, cut a long string of twine—longer than you think, ideally five feet. You can always cut it shorter, but you can’t add length to it. The reason you’ll want to cut it especially long is to ensure you have enough length to wrap generously around the bundle and then around the showerhead.

Take the twine and double-knot it about three inches from the end of your eucalyptus stems. Wrap the twine about four to five times around the bundle, too, and then double knot it again. This twine wrap-around will look shabby chic, but it’ll also give extra support for the bundle. Once you’ve wrapped the twine around, you should have about one and a half feet of twine on each piece of string.

Step 5: Hang It Up


Position the bundle near the water stream but not directly in its path. Ideally, it’ll be hung at the base of the showerhead so you can smell the bold eucalyptus scent, without it getting soaking wet. If you have a waterfall showerhead or another tricky situation, you can hang it from a shower hook too.

Take the two jute strings and begin knotting it where you’d like the bundle to be. Wrap it around the front and back of the base of the showerhead as many times as you’d like until it seems sturdy and secure—depending on your shower, this will be eight to 10 times. If you have excess jute string on the bundle, either trim it or tie into a cute bow.

Step 6: Keep It Fresh

Your eucalyptus shower bundle will stay fresh, boldly fragrant, and pliable for about a week. From there, it’ll begin to air dry, maintaining its color but the leaves will look not quite as smooth. You can continue to keep it on display, as it’ll nicely dry there and still give a slight fragrance. Or you can compost it and start all over again. Then breathe easy—literally—knowing you’re living your best showering life.

Kristin Limoges is the Wellness Editor at Domino.

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This post originally appeared on Domino and was published March 4, 2019. This article is republished here with permission.

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