Let me preface this post by saying that eucalyptus in the home can be dangerous to pets so please do your research if you are a pet-parent before incorporating eucalyptus or eucalyptus oils into your home.
Greenery brings such life and energy into a home and I try to incorporate plants into any and every aspect of my life that I can. When I first purchased eucalyptus it was because I had seen it hanging off a shower in a pinterest photo and thought it was pretty; little did I know there were many other areas in my life I would be able to incorporate this invigorating plant.
There are multiple varieties of eucalyptus but the most frequently used are Baby Blue and Silver Dollar. This plant, with its vintage look yet fresh feel can be seen all over the internet, ranging from wedding bouquets to holiday décor and found decoratively throughout people’s homes – from wreaths on the front door to in vases throughout the home, to in the shower. Here are some ways that you can incorporated this pretty plant into your home (and car).
IN THE SHOWER
Adding Eucalyptus to the shower is a quick trick to elevate your morning routine into what feels like a revitalizing trip to the spa. In order to do this, you can tie a few branches at the top into a V and place it on top of your showerhead (this way, it is easy to remove in a few weeks once the leaves have dried out, aren’t as yummy smelling, and need to be replaced with a fresh set.) The steam releases the scent of the Eucalyptus oil and as the bathroom fogs up, the scent takes over. Eucalyptus oil is said to aid with clear breathing and a sense of relaxation and wow is it invigorating.
I typically get my Eucalyptus at Trader Joes or Whole Foods or the local flower shop and if using it in the shower, it’s important to purchase the type of Eucalyptus called Baby Blue (the other option is a larger leafed type called Silver Dollar). The Baby Blue type has more oils to it and reacts to the steam much more. Oh, be careful not to touch the leaves while they are wet – the sap gets quite sticky to the skin!
IN THE KITCHEN
In the kitchen or around your home is the easiest way to incorporate fresh eucalyptus, using a pretty vase. Nothing is better than a nice smelling kitchen, and the scent of this plant is just so clean and fresh. The mornings are even brighter when waking up and starting slowly with that big mug of coffee in hand while sleepily gazing at this pretty little plant.
During the holidays I love to have some extra eucalyptus in my home. This plant gives off such a cozy vibe and with the extra greenery the holiday spirit truly can take over my apartment. You can hang the branches horizontally on the wall and use a clothing-pin to hang holiday cards from loved ones off of it to display them in a pretty and festive way.
IN YOUR CAR
You can even keep a little branch clipping in your car. Even the smallest branch can create such a clean scent. I leave mine sitting on my dashboard so that even if I’m stuck for hours on the 405 I can still find a little bit of nature (and sanity) in the traffic.
Are you a fan of the eucalyptus trend? What are your tricks to adding this pretty greenery into your living space?
This post was written by Rianna Lane, contributor for The Emree Collective. You can check her out and follow her on Instagram, here.