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A regular visit to the spa is not only expensive but also unrealistic time-wise. Bring the spa home to you instead, and create a shower bouquet packed with healing herbs. Not only do they release essential oils, they make for tropical-inspired decor too

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We’re all used to putting essential oils and salts in our bath, but why do we do it? Sweet smells aside, we’re looking to benefit from their healing properties. Drawing out the essential oils from fresh herbs and plants, isn’t only the most natural option, but it’s also an inexpensive alternative to buying bottled oils from a store. Although it may seem a little gimmicky try reaching for the real thing, a fresh herb bouquet really works, and is a great way to bring the magic of the outdoors straight to your shower.

Steam is a great way to relieve congestion, and by adding essential oils, particularly eucalyptus, the benefits are only intensified. Bathroom plants are already widely used due to their bacteria-eliminating properties and their ability to absorb moisture, but shower bouquets are the latest way of combining the two — to maximum effect.

More than just a touch of greenery, shower bouquets work so well because the steam from the water activates the plant’s essential oils. As well as opening yourself up to their potential benefits, shower bouquets can help to clear up respiratory issues too. With many of us on the lookout for a natural remedy to fight allergy season, there has never been a better time to trial this trend than during the summer months. With aromatherapy also linked to an improvement in mood and relaxation, the calming scents released from your bouquets can create a spa-like environment that will help you unwind after a stressful day.

When selecting herbs and plants for your shower bouquet, start by looking at the demands of your everyday life. Choose your herbs based on what it is you’re hoping to get from your bouquet. If you lead a busy life, you’re likely in need of something to help you unwind — lavender, fresh or dry, has a calming effect on the mind. If you can’t sleep at night, you’re in need of some rosemary — known for its relaxation properties, it will help you drift right off. Not a morning person? Lemon Verbena is the answer to your prayers. An invigorating addition to your morning shower, it will release stimulating essential oils to kick-start your day — meaning you’ll be able to function even without your morning coffee.
Other herbs can encourage a more biological response from your body. Reach for mint and bay leaves if you’re looking to settle your digestive system or relieve an upset stomach. As we’ve said eucalyptus is your helping hand for respiratory problems and, if you’re suffering from a cold or allergy, it will ease congestion, and don’t be afraid to mix up your own bouquet, and create a bundle that caters for all your needs.

Simply gather your chosen herbs and tie the ends together with twine (it’s far more water resistant than string). Secure your bundle behind the shower head or attach it to your curtain rod. Keeping the bouquet out of the direct stream of water will allow the herbs to interact with the steam, releasing those all-important essential oils. All that’s left to do is enjoy. Relax, energise or de-congest, and as the steam draws out the essential oils, feel your body benefit from your chosen bouquet for up to a month.

A regular visit to the spa is not only expensive but also unrealistic time- wise. Bring the spa home to you instead, and create a shower bouquet packed with healing herbs. Not only do they release essential oils, they make for tropical-inspired decor too

W e’re all used to putting essential oils and salts in our bath, but why do we do it? Sweet smells aside, we’re looking to benefit from their healing properties. Drawing out the essential oils from fresh herbs and plants, isn’t only the most natural option, but it’s also an inexpensive alternative to buying bottled oils from a store. Although it may seem a little gimmicky try reaching for the real thing, a fresh herb bouquet really works, and is a great way to bring the magic of the outdoors straight to your shower.

Steam is a great way to relieve congestion, and by adding essential oils, particularly eucalyptus, the benefits are only intensified. Bathroom plants are already widely used due to their bacteria-eliminating properties and their ability to absorb moisture, but shower bouquets are the latest way of combining the two — to maximum effect.

More than just a touch of greenery, shower bouquets work so well because the steam from the water activates the plant’s essential oils. As well as opening yourself up to their potential benefits, shower bouquets can help to clear up respiratory issues too. With many of us on the lookout for a natural remedy to fight allergy season, there has never been a better time to trial this trend than during the summer months. With aromatherapy also linked to an improvement in mood and relaxation, the calming scents released from your bouquets can create a spa-like environment that will help you unwind after a stressful day.

When selecting herbs and plants for your shower bouquet, start by looking at the demands of your everyday life. Choose your herbs based on what it is you’re hoping to get from your bouquet. If you lead a busy life, you’re likely in need of something to help you unwind — lavender, fresh or dry, has a calming effect on the mind. If you can’t sleep at night, you’re in need of some rosemary — known for its relaxation properties, it will help you drift right off. Not a morning person? Lemon Verbena is the answer to your prayers. An invigorating addition to your morning shower, it will release stimulating essential oils to kick-start your day — meaning you’ll be able to function even without your morning coffee.

Other herbs can encourage a more biological response from your body. Reach for mint and bay leaves if you’re looking to settle your digestive system or relieve an upset stomach. As we’ve said eucalyptus is your helping hand for respiratory problems and, if you’re suffering from a cold or allergy, it will ease congestion, and don’t be afraid to mix up your own bouquet, and create a bundle that caters for all your needs.

Simply gather your chosen herbs and tie the ends together with twine (it’s far more water resistant than string). Secure your bundle behind the shower head or attach it to your curtain rod. Keeping the bouquet out of the direct stream of water will allow the herbs to interact with the steam, releasing those all-important essential oils. All that’s left to do is enjoy. Relax, energise or de-congest, and as the steam draws out the essential oils, feel your body benefit from your chosen bouquet for up to a month

Published in: July 2018

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