There are currently more than 7 million self care–related ideas making the rounds on Pinterest, proving it’s more than just #selfcaresunday—it’s a movement that’s here to stay. According to Pinterest researchers, more and more Pinners are searching for ways to bring self-care rituals into their own homes to create a Zen-like environment without having to step foot in a spa.
One of the biggest trends in the space at the moment: eucalyptus in the shower. Saves for the idea are up 317 percent year over year on the site, and it’s super easy to do. Just hang eucalyptus branches around your shower head (make sure they aren’t in the direct stream of water) and let the steam release the essential oils, which deliver anti-stress, mood-enhancing and energizing benefits.
“As an aromatherapy agent, eucalyptus is considered a stimulant, so it’s a perfect fit for that morning pick-me-up in the shower,” says Grant Lessard, spa director of Well & Being at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. “Some of the other benefits of eucalyptus inhalation include its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and decongestant qualities. It’s also demonstrated efficacy as an antispasmodic, an agent used to relieve muscle spasms.”
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There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus, so the type you choose will depend on personal preference—you can find it at local flower shops, and sometimes also at health food stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. “The plant begins to degrade immediately after it’s cut, so if you’re looking for a similar effect that’s more long-lasting, I suggest using a shower mist. There are a couple advantages: You can control the concentration with the amount of pumps used, and it’s available in pure eucalyptus, as well as combinations such as lavender and jasmine, if you want to customize your shower experience.”
Lessard says many other herbs lend themselves to shower spa experiences, too, such as lavender, sweet basil, rosemary and thyme—really any of the aromatics. “In the Caribbean, it is common to use the bay rum leaf as well. It’s a great way to use those excess garden trimmings.”