Eucalyptus in the shower

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There's been a nasty cold bug that has been spreading and many friends we know have been bitten by it. We were looking through the latest issue of Body+Soul magazine and came across this natural aromatherapy tip that could provide some relief: putting eucalyptus in the shower...

The tip says: "Try hanging a bundle of eucalyptus (sold at craft stores and flower shops) fro your shower curtain rod. 'The heat and steam help to activate the herb's essential oils which can ease congestion...' Hang a bundle with natural garden twine (more moisture-resistant than cotton twine) on the shower rod, away from the spray of the water. Enjoy the scent for a few weeks as you take a hot shower." Has anyone tried this at home? Does it help?

[ image by Buff Strickland for Body + Soul magazine April 2008 ]