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Why Are People Eating Oranges in the Shower?

A person holds a sliced orange in their hand under a shower of water.
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If you’ve been on TikTok recently, you might’ve noticed some strange shower habits on your FYP—like eating oranges in the shower. But why? While people following this trend swear by the “benefits”, does eating an orange in the shower do anything?

While eating an orange in the shower seems fun, there’s nothing scientific backing up any sort of health benefits. But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be a fun thing to try, and it might just be relaxing.

Where did this idea even come from? Content creator @au.stino seems to be the originator, and in his TikTok, he explains a few perks of eating your oranges in the shower. First, it’s easy cleanup. Let’s be honest, eating an orange is messy thanks to the juice, so you don’t have to worry about your hands and arms getting sticky if you consume it in the shower.

But the biggest reason might be stress relief. @au.stino explained that the warm, steamy air created by the shower releases more of the orange’s fragrance. If you’re familiar with the idea of aromatherapy, orange essential oil has been linked to stress relief and a reduction in anxiety.


Replying to @rxskiii oranges are just better eaten this way. #HolidayOREOke #oranges #fyp #relatable #foryou #explore #seekdiscomfort

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So is there any sort of scientific proof that eating an orange in the shower relieves stress? No, unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. There’s little to no risk (just don’t slip on peels), it’s a tasty snack, and hey, maybe it will make you feel better.

Look, people hang eucalyptus and lavender in their showers for similar reasons, so if you want to eat a shower orange—do it.

Stacey Koziel Stacey Koziel
Stacey Koziel is a news writer at LifeSavvy. She's worked as a freelance writer for over ten years, focusing on family and lifestyle content. She also has a background in marketing and social media, and is always eager to talk (and write!) about the latest TikTok trends. Read Full Bio »
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