Take a tip from a luxury spa and make your own eucalyptus towels at home to heal your body, soothe your senses, and calm your mind.
By: Ajableu Oldham
I love eucalyptus towels and discovered them when I started running longer distances. During my jog on the treadmill, I found that eucalyptus towels were really effective at helping me to breathe deeply and regularly. They also helped me to push through my workout.
How To Cool Down With Your Own Eucalyptus Towels
It’s easy to make eucalyptus towels. You simply need one part eucalyptus essential oil and three parts fresh water (extra points if you use acidic water, which is wonderful for the hair and skin). Then mix the ingredients in a large bowl. Your next step is to grab two or three clean towels.
Wring the liquid from the towels, stick them in a container, then put your towels in the back of your refrigerator or freezer.
Ways To Use Your Eucalyptus Towels
- Breathe in the fragrance from your eucalyptus towels in the morning when you wake up.
- Add them to your gym bag for post-workout recovery.
- Wrap one around your neck while you’re lounging by the pool in the sun.
- Ice down with frosty eucalyptus towel when your body is inflamed.
- Throw a towel over your shoulder whenever you are feeling stressed and breathe deeply.
The Benefits Of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is a tree and its dried leaves and oil are used to make medicine.
In herbal medicine, eucalyptus leaf is used for infections, fever, upset stomach, and to help loosen coughs. The leaf is also used for treating respiratory tract infections, whooping cough, asthma, joint pain, acne, and wounds.
Eucalyptus essential oil has a range of benefits and works especially well for lung-related illnesses. According to WebMD, eucalyptus oil is wonderful when applied directly to the skin for pain, swelling of respiratory tract mucous membranes, joint pain, genital herpes, and nasal stuffiness.
It is also used as an insect repellent.
Why Does Eucalyptus Essential Oil Work?
The health benefits of eucalyptus oil derive from a chemical now known as cineole. It’s a colorless liquid with a spicy aroma and taste that can also be found in bay leaves, tea tree, wormwood, rosemary, sage, Cannabis sativa, and other aromatic plant foliage.
Here’s a cool story from Dr. Axe’s article on eucalyptus oil benefits:
According to English folklore, an early English settler had his thumb nearly severed by an ax. His father, who was well-versed in Aboriginal folk medicine, advised that he apply a bandage of tightly-bound eucalyptus leaves around the cut after it was sutured…. Later, when a surgeon saw the wound, he remarked how amazed he was because the thumb healed so quickly and without any trace of infection.
What are your favorite essential oils? Share with us in the comments! We’d love to know.