The Benefits of Eucalyptus and Peppermint
Most ancient cultures believe there is some kind of magical healing properties in a warm bath. That belief has been passed down in the Japanese culture, Hawaiian culture, and throughout the Roman ages. At Laki Naturals, we bring the spirit of “Aloha” into our Hawaiian sea salt based bath products.
Bathing, in fact, can be used to combat all kinds of symptoms. There’s even a term for the practice: balneotherapy, aka the treatment of ailments through bathing. Adding bath salts, soaks, and oils to baths increases the benefits a warm or hot bath can give us. Laki Naturals offers a large variety of bath and body products made with minerals, botanicals, essential oils and natural fragrances. Some of our most popular products contain Eucalyptus and Peppermint Essential Oils.
The Benefits of Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree that has been widely used for its medicinal properties. Eucalyptus contains compounds that have potential health benefits. These benefits range from relaxation to clearing nasal passageways. Shower steam and hot bath water help activate and release eucalyptus compounds into the air, allowing you to inhale them for their benefits. Some of these many benefits are:
1. Natural Cold Remedy
Eucalyptus is widely used as a natural cold remedy and is a common ingredient in cold and cough products. Research has shown that it may decrease mucus and expand the bronchi and bronchioles of your lungs. Take a warm bath with Laki Naturals Eucalyptus and Peppermint Magnesium Flakes to help with cold and congestion symptoms. Pour a handful of flakes into the bath, and enjoy the energizing scented steam!
2. Natural Anti-inflammatory Agent
The main ingredient responsible for the anti-inflammatory properties of Eucalyptus is eucalyptol, also known as cineole, which is a compound found in eucalyptus. To expand on its natural cold remedies and anti-inflammatory properties, some research has shown that eucalyptol can relieve cold symptoms like cough frequency, nasal congestion, and headache by decreasing inflammation and mucus build up.
3. Stress Reduction
For some people, the scent of Eucalyptus can produce an immediate sense of calm. This may be due to the effects of eucalyptol. When inhaled, eucalyptol was shown to decrease anxiety in 62 patients awaiting surgery, according to a 2014 study. For a quick de-stress, try one of Laki Naturals Mint and Eucalyptus Apple Cider Foot Soaks. Use this along with a bath or just as a quick relief after your stressful day.
4. Pain Relief
A 2013 study done on patients after total knee replacement surgery found that inhaling eucalyptus reduced the sensation of pain, plus it lowered blood pressure! Use Eucalyptus in your next at-home spa bath to ease your muscles, joints, and any pain in the body. Eucalyptus has more than just pain management properties, the Australian aborigines actually used Eucalyptus leaves to treat wounds and prevent infection!
The Benefits of Peppermint
The Peppermint plant contains menthol, an organic compound with local anesthetic properties. These properties provide a wonderful cooling sensation while it has been known to naturally alleviate discomfort. Peppermint has also been known to have antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, and antispasmodic properties! Some health benefits of Peppermint are:
1. Colds and Congestion
Peppermint has been known to provide effective relief from many respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, and the common cold and cough. It is often included as an ingredient in natural chest rubs to help with congestion. The steam from Peppermint has been known to help clear congestion. Use Laki Naturals Eucalyptus and Mint Shower Fizzy’s in your shower for a quick refreshing burst of peppermint.
If you are prone to headaches, then Peppermint is a great alternative remedy to help combat stress and tension. The use of Peppermint has been known to effectively lessen headache symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to noise, and sensitivity to light.
3. Stress Relief
Like many other healing herbs, Peppermint has been known to provide relief from stress and anxiety due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against feeling anxious and restless. Try Laki Naturals Eucalyptus and Peppermint Magnesium Flakes to help you feel calm and de-stressed.
4. Energy and Alertness
Peppermint oil has been known to powerfully affect and improve mental clarity and can help to raise energy levels. If you're trying to cut back on caffeine, this may be a blessing to your mid-afternoon lull. Try the Laki Naturals Mint Refreshing Bundle for an all-around energizing experience! This bundle includes Shower Fizzies, Bath Soaks, and a refreshing Foot Soak!