Most people love eucalyptus for its refreshing and soothing aroma, but did you know eucalyptus has many practical benefits too? This plant can add a sensational touch to your home while doing your body and mind a whole lot of good.
Eucalyptus’ healing history
The evergreen tree is ancient, according to the New World Encyclopedia, it dates back to 35-50 million years ago. Aboriginals living in the Australian outback have been using eucalyptus oil as a traditional medicine for many centuries. Natives would chew the roots of the leaves because they held so much water. Tea was also made from the leaves and was considered a remedy for fever. After centuries of practical use and over 500 different species, Eucalyptus has become one of the most beloved and unique plants.
Let’s look at 5 great ways to harness the benefits of Eucalyptus in self-care!
1. Create a calm atmosphere
If you’ve had a long and busy day and you find it difficult to wind down, Eucalyptus can help you relax. You can create a tranquil spa-like ambiance in the comfort of your home with a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil in your diffuser.
Eucalyptus essential oil has also been known to help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm, making it an excellent choice when it comes to creating the right atmosphere. Eucalyptus oil is frequently used at spas due to its relaxing aroma and properties. So no matter what the day throws at you, having a little Eucalyptus oil around to spray on your pillow, rub on your temple, or burn in a lovely candle, can help transport you to a calmer, more relaxed state of being.
2. Freshen your home décor with eucalyptus leaves
A eucalyptus plant is a simple and elegant way to beautify your home while letting you enjoy its other benefits. You can choose a true blue or silver dollar eucalyptus for a subtle touch of class. Compared to a bouquet or a potted plant.
Eucalyptus is also surprisingly easy to take care of. It can last up to three weeks with freshwater changes and a bit of trimming of the stems. After three weeks, you can remove the eucalyptus from its vase and let it air dry. Once air-dried, it will last forever, and you can enjoy its scent for years.
Apart from eucalyptus being an easy-breezy arrangement to care for, it has grown in popularity as it pairs well with minimalist and artisan trends. We love the lingering scent of the fresh, menthol-scented foliage. Your eucalyptus might not last that long, but you can certainly extend its useful, fragrant life.
If you can’t enjoy the freshness of eucalyptus leaves in your home, go for the next best thing – a eucalyptus aromatherapy candle.
3. Use an aromatherapy candle
With all of us navigating these significantly stressful and anxiety-inducing times, a self-care routine can help center ourselves and regain our lost balance in life. Studies show that self-care is essential and can reduce anxiety, depression & stress considerably while reducing frustration and improving energy. The quickest way to do that is by creating an environment and space you love; think of the things that please your senses. If you love aromatherapy, you can try lighting your favorite eucalyptus candle. The captivating aroma of the candle will delicately transport your senses, promote a sense of calm, and transform the ambiance of your space.
Pause. Breathe. And recharge.
If you haven’t, try lighting a eucalyptus or your favorite candle when you devote some ‘me time’ to pray, relax and meditate – it’s indeed a wholesome experience.
Here’s a little tip – you can make your eucalyptus candles work harder by placing them a few feet away from an open window. A gentle breeze will help to disperse the candle’s fragrance while allowing the natural scent of the outdoors to enhance its ingredients.
4. Bath time benefits of eucalyptus
Heading to a spa to take a self-care day might not always be possible, but you can discover a hidden spa right in your own home with a sprig of eucalyptus.
Book yourself a self-care Sunday right from your home by adding a few branches of fresh eucalyptus leaves (from your local florist, Etsy or Trader Joe) in your shower. The aromatic plant will fill your shower with an ahh-inducing fragrance.
Eucalyptus is high in volatile oils, which evaporate when exposed to air. Hanging eucalyptus in the shower means you get the benefit of the volatile oils as the steam releases them from the leaves and holds them in the air around you. You can swap in a new bundle once the fragrance fades
If you roll out the leaves with a rolling pin it releases the oils from their leaves before you hang them. You could even keep the leaves in a vase in your bathroom. It all depends on what sort of vibe you’re going for.
If you prefer, you can enjoy the benefits of eucalyptus essential oil by using an aromatherapy diffuser in your bathroom or use eucalyptus bath bombs when you bathe.
Lastly, there’s more to eucalyptus than its charming aroma. It’s a powerhouse natural antibacterial cleaner.
5. Disinfect your home naturally with Eucalyptus
Bring the benefits of eucalyptus and its freshness into your everyday cleaning- from laundry to caring for your pets.
There is a bit of history to eucalyptus essential oil being used as a disinfectant. In France, during the mid-1800s, a German botanist, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, realized that Eucalyptus had disinfectant properties.
After the end of the 19th century, hospitals started using eucalyptus oils to sanitize equipment and more medical findings are finding evidence of antimicrobial properties in eucalyptus.
So, If you, your family, or pets are sensitive to chemical cleaners or you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly cleaner. You can start making your own cleaner by creating a solution of white vinegar with one teaspoon of eucalyptus E. globulus in a bucket of hot water to wipe down surfaces. (Use with care on a hardwood surface as it can strip the varnish.)
Our Eucalyptus Rain fragrance is designed to de-stress and rejuvenate with essential oils of Eucalyptus, peppermint, patchouli, cedar, sage, and fir needle. Eucalyptus Rain is perfect for unwinding and promoting stillness and tranquility.
So, whether your favorite way to use eucalyptus is in the form of essential oil, a natural cleanser, in its pure plant form as home decor, or in your favorite candle, no matter what it’s sure to leave you feeling more refreshed and relaxed at any time of the day.
Check out Ardor Bin’s 100% plant-based, non-toxic, Eucalyptus Rain candle, which is inspired by nature and designed to help de-stress and rejuvenate.