Why I Have Eucalyptus Hanging In My Shower

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holding a bouquet of eucalyptus in the shower

Here’s an easy home DIY to upgrade your daily shower into a calming spa experience!

Have you seen the fancy greenery hanging from showers in pretty home decor pics? There’s a reason for it!

Incorporating a small bouquet of fresh eucalyptus into your shower will create a relaxing aromatherapy experience through breathing in steam combined with the natural oils from eucalyptus leaves. You’ll also experience the benefits of eucalyptus since it’s a natural decongestant which helps with colds and allergies, perfect for this time of year!

eucalyptus leaves hanging from the shower

What are the benefits of eucalyptus?

Eucalyptus can be found in many products like cough drops, cough medicine, pain relief, and decongestants like Vicks. Its benefits can including helping to calm anxiety, pain, and clearing nasal congestion and inflammation. I also happen to personally LOVE this scent. I sometimes even use the essential oil in my diffuser as well.

tying eucalyptus leaves together with twine

This DIY is super simple and quick to accomplish.

You’ll just need to wrap a few pieces of eucalyptus branches together near the bottom using twine, or floral wire. You can then simply hang it up upside down on the back of your shower head. The hot steam from your shower will activate the oils on the leaves for a natural scent.

rolling eucalyptus leaves with a rolling pin

Tips for hanging eucalyptus in the shower:

  • Before hanging the eucalyptus leaves in your shower, you’re going to want to either roll them using a rolling pin or beat them up a bit to release the oils. This is a tip I received from the florist I bought my branches from, which helps release the oils.
  • You can pick up fresh eucalyptus at just about any florist. I found some for just $10 at my grocery store’s floral department. Also, Trader Joe’s has $3.99 bouquets of them, I just don’t live near a store unfortunately. Or, maybe you’re even lucky enough to have a tree in your yard! 

holding bouquet of leaves together

placing a rubber band over eucalyptus

tying twine to eucalyptus

tying eucalyptus bouquet to shower head

steam shower with hanging eucalyptus

DIY Hanging Shower Eucalyptus


Supplies Needed

  • fresh eucalyptus leaves (about 4-5 branches)
  • rubber band or floral wire
  • twine or string



Trim the branches to about the same length (mine are all about 14 inches long). Roll over them a few times using a rolling pin to rough up and release oils.


Secure the branches together using a rubber band or floral wire. Wrap twine around the rubber band a few times and tie. Add about an 8-inch piece to tie/hang to the showerhead.


Tie the eucalyptus to the back of the showerhead, or hang nearby using a temporary hook.

holding a bouquet of eucalyptus

I love eucalyptus so much!

You can definitely smell it in the shower, and I think the tip about rolling the leaves a bit to release the oil is helpful. It’s subtle but the smell of fresh eucalyptus surrounds the shower. A bundle should last about 3 weeks in the shower before you’d need to change it again.

hanging eucalyptus in the shower

Hanging eucalyptus in the shower is also a beautiful decor piece!

It’s a visually stunning detail to add to your shower. You can even treat guests by adding a fresh eucalyptus bundle to a guest bath when they visit as a nice added touch.

steam shower eucalyptus spray

Want another idea for an awesome eucalyptus shower experience?

I also love this luxurious Travertine eucalyptus steam shower spray. Last year I visited my favorite Fairmont hotel’s spa, and they used something similar to this in all their showers. The smell was just so incredible!

After I got home, I bought this spray from Amazon to recreate that magical spa experience and it does create an amazing aromatherapy shower, too. I love that it’s 100% natural eucalyptus and smells so high quality as opposed to artificial scents. Note that it’s not the cheapest spray, but a little does go a long way.

The spray is definitely a stronger smell than the fresh eucalyptus bouquet. You’ll notice it clears the sinuses right away.

steam shower spray eucalyptus spray

To use, just spray the shower wall a couple of times and the aroma is immediate. To be honest, it’s more immediate and intense than the fresh leaves, so this is also another great option to consider that won’t dry out and keeps well in the bathroom.

I’ve been enjoying this eucalyptus shower spray so much! In fact, I spray this also when taking a bath, since a big warm bubble bath is my favorite way to relax.

No matter how you get your eucalyptus fix, your bathroom will feel like pure luxury! 🧖‍♀️

Love all-natural scents? Check out my review of Pura smart home fragrance!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 41

  1. Mel

    How long do they last?

    • Ashley

      About 3 weeks.

      • Mel

        Thank you

  2. tipaye

    Love homeopathic articles such as these—thank you! 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good – thanks for the feedback!

  3. Ella

    Oh, I love the idea of hanging the fresh eucalyptus for a subtle smell! My husband loves diffusing the essential oil in his office this time of year, but it gets a little too strong for me. Thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I think you’ll enjoy this then. Thanks Ella!

  4. firest1

    What a clever idea! …and your shower is GORGEOUS!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks so much!

  5. Shawna

    Just be caredul because if ingested they are toxic to people, dogs, cats and horses.

    • Shawna

      Not that you would have a horse in the house Hahahaha!

      • Becky08

        Haha! That just made my day!

      • MissJillian

        Too funny!!

      • dearestMelissa

        I can’t say you’re wrong, hahaha

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing!

  6. karwowm

    I find that even after they’ve dried up, you can refresh them with hot water long after 3 weeks.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow, that’s awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jenny Garley

    I’ve been hanging eucalyptus in my shower and using it as a center piece for years! I love it. It’s lasts for weeks. I grab buckets full of cuttings from a farm that lets u go in and take cutting from their sand dollar variety (small circular leaves, sometime later called ornamental eucalyptus)

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s super neat! Thanks for sharing Jenny!

  8. Tim

    Hoping to some day have a pet Koala?

  9. Bea

    Where do you get fresh eucalyptus?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I offered some tips in the post but basically florists, most grocery store florists have it, Trader Joe’s. Etsy even.

  10. J

    I’ve read that eucalyptus oil, even in the air eg from a diffuser, can be toxic to pets. Anyone know if this is true or if this would be dangerous?

  11. Gramma C

    I hate eucalyptus and lavender. 😒

  12. Cheryl

    I don’t have eucalyptus, but have lots of rosemary in my yard. I wonder how rosemary would work?

  13. JMShires

    What a great idea!! I am going to try this out! Thank you for sharing!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay sounds good! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Emily Lind

    What a beautiful and fun idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Emily! Enjoy ❤️👌

  15. shop4mybabies

    anyone have any alternatives? love the idea but i’m highly allergic to eucalyptus and not a fan of lavender

  16. Jill

    I’m going to Trader Joe’s soon then. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure, enjoy Jill!

  17. Browniesmomma

    Great idea. I have been using eucalyptus essential oil in the shower for yrs. I just put a few drops in the back of the tub, and the steam hits it to release the scent. I use it more when I really congested. I have used other scents as well.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice, yes I love it when congested.

  18. Andrea Rutland

    What color is that nail polish? I love it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks! OPI Krona-logical Order – in the gel from my nail place, but here’s the regular polish 🙂 https://amzn.to/3pMqrdu

  19. Michele

    Great idea and so
    much more affordable then the $28 spray. I will be trying this soon!

  20. Ruth K

    I bet it smells great! One caveat, though, my mom was a floral designer and discovered she was allergic to eucalyptus. When she had to work with it, her hands broke out pretty badly so she tried not to handle it much.

  21. Angela

    Yes! ♥️ Love these kind of posts! Please post MORE natural, homeopathic ideas for health & LESS of the mask posts for our children. Just my opinion. Thank you.

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