How to Make DIY Eucalyptus Shower Bundles

Transform your shower into a soothing spa-like experience using store-bought eucalyptus and simple household tools.

A steamy shower can be a refreshing start to your day or a soothing nighttime ritual that helps you wind down before bed. It's an easy way to fit self-care into your everyday routine. With a few tweaks, it brings the same feeling of serenity as stocking your bathroom with fluffy towels or organizing your essentials in a pretty bath caddy. Recently, eucalyptus shower bundles have taken off as a no-fuss way to add a little luxury to your bathroom. According to Etsy's 2021 trend report, searches for eucalyptus shower bundles jumped 7,466% as people looked for ways to achieve the comfort of a spa at home.

Eucalyptus gives off a refreshing scent that can both calm you and open your breathing, while adding a natural touch to your bathroom. When combined with the steam and heat from your shower, the essential oils in the leaves release into the air, delivering a refreshing pine-like fragrance and powerful aromatherapy benefits. Research shows that eucalyptus can help boost your immune system, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation, making it a favorite for those suffering from congestion due to colds or allergies.

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Making a eucalyptus shower bundle is easy, but it's not quite as simple as tying a few stems to your showerhead. Just as you would take care when arranging flowers, a little prep work helps ensure that your eucalyptus stems remain fresh and fragrant for as long as possible. Start with a small bundle of branches from your local florist or grocery store floral department. Trader Joe's, for example, sells eucalyptus bouquets for less than $5. (For a few more dollars, you can also purchase already prepared eucalyptus shower bundles ($12) Etsy that come tied and ready to hang.) The variety of eucalyptus you choose depends on your personal preferences—and, of course, what's available at the store—but silver dollar and baby blue eucalyptus varieties work well for bundling. To customize your shower bundle, consider adding lavender, mint, rosemary, lemongrass, or other fragrant stems to create your own unique scent blends.

How to Make a Eucalyptus Shower Bundle

Follow these steps to create a eucalyptus shower bundle that fills your bathroom with refreshing fragrance. Note that some eucalyptus branches release a sticky sap when handled, so you might want to wear gloves to keep your hands clean or to protect your skin from the oils. And be sure to keep eucalyptus away from pets or small children, as it can be dangerous when ingested.

What You Need

  • Small bouquet of eucalyptus branches
  • Rolling pin
  • Pruning shears
  • Twine
  • Waterproof self-adhesive hook (optional)

Step 1: Prepare eucalyptus branches.

Before you take the eucalyptus branches out of their packaging, lay the bouquet on a flat surface and gently roll over the stems a few times with a rolling pin. This helps release the oils and ensure a strong scent. Use pruning shears ($13, Amazon) to trim the branches to your desired length. Varying the stem lengths slightly will create a fuller effect when bundled. Remove any leaves around the bottom three to four inches of stem, so you'll have room for tying.

Step 2: Secure the bundle with twine.

Arrange the eucalyptus branches in a loose bundle. Wrap a length of twine ($7, Amazon) around the stems about two inches from the bottom end. Wind the twine around, several times, as you work up the stems about one inch, then secure the bouquet with a knot or bow. Thread another length of twine through the strands and tie a loop for hanging.

Step 3: Hang the bundle in the shower.

Attach a waterproof self-adhesive hook ($4, Amazon) about 5-8 inches below your showerhead's connection to the wall. You want the eucalyptus bundle to be close to, but not directly under, the flow of water. You can also tie it directly onto your shower arm with twine. Replace your eucalyptus bundle every few weeks, or as the scent begins to fade.

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