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Like with many beard growth products, I am pretty sure you have heard how good eucalyptus oil is for beard growth.
Because there are many myths and misinformation regarding 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 facial hair.
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 essential oil is made from 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; 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 which 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 essential 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 healthier facial hair 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 must mention that this substance is useful for people with oily skin. It maybe sounds contradictory that the substance of beard oil can help 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.
We can guarantee its strong antibacterial effects from the little academic research.
How To Use Eucalyptus Oil?
Before you put anything recommended by anyone on your skin, you must 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 buying a bottle of beard oil, read all the ingredients in it.
We mentioned the four basic ingredients, but it doesn’t mean these are the only ingredients in eucalyptus essential 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 applying 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 facial hair should be damp, neither too dry nor too wet.
- Add a few drops of the oil to your hands
Add enough drops of eucalyptus beard 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 beard oil will penetrate your skin pores and hair follicles, unleashing its nutritive powers. After 30 minutes, you can 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 facial hair. 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; because of this effect, guys with sensitive skin can get irritated.
- Dilute it in a carrier oil
As you have read in our DIY beard oil mega guide, in order to make beard oil, you dilute a good essential oil in a carrier oil. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to do so; in an ounce of a good quality carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, sesame, olive oil, avocado), add a few 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 and hair and spread it with your fingers. Use a comb to spread it evenly and remove the excess for better results.
- 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 of eucalyptus oil and know all its components, their properties, and how to use it, it’s time to sum it up and see why eucalyptus oil for beard growth works. Let’s see some of the eucalyptus oil benefits.
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 in your beard.
This is probably the biggest factor that makes eucalyptus oil for beard growth that good. 1.8- cineole increases blood flow, stimulating follicles and 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 underneath and create the environment for fast facial hair growth.
Inflammatory And Antioxidant
Another big benefit of eucalyptol is its Inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which make your skin healthier and look younger.
This is a bit subjective, but if you like lemony and piney aromas, consider it 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 facial hair growth but also about building a healthy environment for your facial hair.
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 in our complete guide.
Russell is the founder of themensattitude.com. He is a barber a beard enthusiast and he is obsessed with trying men’s lifestyle products and blog about them. If you have any questions you can hit him up via the contact page.