Like many beard growth products, I am pretty sure that you have heard how good eucalyptus oil is for beard growth.
Because there are a lot of myths and misinformation when it comes to beard growth products, we decided to take the scientific path and find if it is a myth or truth that eucalyptus oil can help with beard growth.
So, please keep reading and learn what eucalyptus oil can or cannot do for your beard.
What Is Eucalyptus Oil?
Eucalyptus oil comes from the eucalyptus tree. It is a huge tree that can get up to 90 meters in height and is native to Australia. Nowadays it is grown all over the world, after the hype about eucalyptus oil and its use in many pharmaceutical products.
Of the 660 species of the eucalyptus tree, only 20 have the necessary ingredients needed to produce eucalyptus oil.
Eucalyptus oil is made by the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. After the leaves are cut, they are washed, loaded in containers, and distilled. This distilled liquid contains eucalyptus oil and water and after a bit, they separate and eucalyptus oil is skimmed.
Eucalyptus Oil Components
Eucalyptol 1,8-Cineole (80% Concentration)
Eucalyptol is about 80% of eucalyptus oil compounds, so this substance is responsible for the majority of eucalyptus oil properties. It has inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is also therapeutic for airway diseases.
It also stimulates blood flow that is the no1 factor that affects hair growth during the anagen phase.
While research is still in study, it has been reported that 1.8 – cineole is an anti-androgen, meaning it counters testosterone production, which has the opposite effect on beard growth.
We are following this theory closely but based on the research and evidence we have gathered we have no reason to consider eucalyptus oil bad for hair growth.
D-Limonene (15% Concentration)
D-Limonene is extracted from the Lemon Eucalyptus tree variety.
Like eucalyptol, it improves penetration to the skin and repairs damaged skin tissue, helping the creation of a better environment for beard growth.
It is also responsible for the slightly lemony scent of eucalyptus oil.
A & B Pinene (9% & 1.5% Concentration)
A & B Pinene has antioxidant and inflammatory properties like eucalyptol and is the reason for the pine-like scent of eucalyptus oil.
It helps to keep your skin clean and improves blood circulation.
At this point, we have to mention that this substance is really useful for people with oily skin. It maybe sounds contradictory that the substance of an oil can helps people with oily skin but it can work wonders.
On the contrary, this ingredient is a well-known allergenic that can cause irritation to the skin, so we advise making a small test if you are trying it for the first time.
A – Phellandrene (1.5% Concentration)
This is a well-known chemical in the pharmaceutical world for its aroma and is also found in pine, rosemary, and other herbs.
While it is widely used by aromatherapists for its body wellness properties, there are not a lot of studies to back up this opinion.
From the little academic research out there, we can guarantee its strong antibacterial effects.
How To Use Eucalyptus Oil?
Before you put to your skin anything recommended by anyone, you have to do your due diligence. You might be allergic to something you don’t even know and have the opposite of the desired effects.
So, before you buy a bottle of oil make sure you read all the ingredients in it.
We mentioned the four basic ingredients, but it doesn’t mean these are the only ingredients in eucalyptus oil, manufacturers add more ingredients to improve the scent and make it last longer.
We strongly recommend doing a patch test before applying anything to your skin.
How To Use Eucalyptus Oil (Normal Skin)
- Wash your beard
Before you apply eucalyptus oil, make sure to wash your beard with a high-quality beard shampoo. Use warm water as it opens your pores helping the absorption of the oil by your skin.
Your beard should be damp, neither too dry nor too wet.
- Add couple drops of the oil to your hands
Add enough drops of eucalyptus oil to your hands to cover your beard. Make sure not to overdo it as it is very strong.
- Massage your beard
Massage your beard with your fingers and touch them to your skin. This is how you will get the most out of it.
- Leave it
For the next at least 30 minutes leave the oil to “work”. At this time eucalyptus oil will penetrate your skin pores and hair follicles, unleashing its nutritive powers. After 30 minutes you have the choice to either let it till your next shower or remove the excess with a dry towel.
- Comb your Beard
Use a good beard comb and brush your beard. It will not only help the oil distribution but will make your beard softer and better looking.
How To Use Eucalyptus Oil (Sensitive Skin)
Eucalyptus oil enhances the firmness and tightness of the skin and because of this effect, guys with sensitive skin can get irritated.
- Dilute it in carrier oils
As you have read in our DIY beard oil mega guide, in order to make beard oil, you dilute essential oils in carrier oils. If you have sensitive skin make sure to do so, in an ounce of carrier oil (sesame, olive, avocado) add a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil and mix it.
- Add a small amount of eucalyptus oil
Add a really small amount of eucalyptus oil to lightly cover your face hair and spread it with your fingers. For better results use a comb to spread it evenly and remove the excess.
- Wash your face
After 30 minutes, rinse your face with cold water or even use beard shampoo. Thirty minutes is more than enough for eucalyptus oil to work, so you already got all the benefits out of it.
How can eucalyptus oil help with beard growth
Now that you have expanded your knowledge on eucalyptus oil and you know all its components their properties, and how to use it, it’s time to sum it up and see how it can help with beard growth.
It Cleans The Bacteria Of Your Beard
Thanks to A – Phellandrene, eucalyptus oil has strong antibacterial properties and helps you get rid of the unwanted bacteria of your beard.
This is probably the biggest factor that makes eucalyptus oil is so good for beard growth. 1.8- cineole increases blood flow which stimulates follicles making your beard grow faster.
Nourishes The Skin
D- Limonene repairs damaged skin tissue, A & B Pinene has antioxidant and inflammatory properties, and A – Phellandrene is antibacterial. Since these are components of eucalyptus oil, every time you use it you really benefit and nourish your skin and create the environment for fast beard growth.
Inflammatory And Antioxidant
Another big benefit of eucalyptol is its Inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which make your skin healthier and looking younger.
This is a bit subjective but if you like lemony and piney aromas consider it as a bonus. By using eucalyptus oil, you will not only benefit your skin and grow your beard faster but you will get to smell good too.
Taking into consideration all the findings of our research and the data on eucalyptus components, it is safe to assume that you will only benefit your beard if you start using eucalyptus oil.
It is not only about beard growth, but also about building a healthy environment for your beard.
We have some second thoughts about the research on eucalyptol but there is no data to back it up yet.
So, make sure to buy a 100% natural eucalyptus oil or make your own by using the steps on our complete guide.