What do you first think of when you think of a trip to the spa?
Maybe it’s a massage, the sauna, or hot stone therapy.
For us, it’s the aromatherapy.
Specifically, it’s that warm and welcoming fragrance of eucalyptus — it smells great.
So, what if we told you that eucalyptus could be used on your beard — and not just for the scent?
In fact, the scent is just a bonus.
We’re about to cover the start-to-finish of eucalyptus oil for beard care. After reading this article, you’ll know how it works, what it does, how to use it, and what precautions you need to take when applying it.
Properties of Eucalyptus Oil
Everyone knows eucalyptus for its scent.
But what else is there?
Well we’re glad you asked.
Eucalyptus has both antibacterial and antifungal properties — making it popular for hair care.
It’s also a natural immune and brain booster. You can thank the 1, 8-cineole (the compound found in eucalyptus leaves) for that.
So, while it’s a great scent, it’s also healthy for the skin, immune system, respiratory system, and, of course, your beard.
Benefits of Using Eucalyptus Oil for Beard Care
So what exactly does eucalyptus oil do for your beard?
Well, there are three main benefits. Here’s some more information:
Promotes Beard Growth
Anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as eucalyptus essential oil, are known to enhance your hair growth.
While it won’t turn that teenage beard into a hipster one, it can increase hair density and thickness — which makes a scraggly beard healthy, and look a lot fuller.
It’s also recommended to use tea tree oil for thicker hair follicles. It has a ton of other benefits as well.
Prevents Dandruff and Itching
Everyone with a beard fears the dreaded itch.
But that’s where eucalyptus oil truly shines.
Its antifungal properties can fight off mild cases of dandruff all the way to clinical dermatitis.
So, take that, dandruff.
But, sometimes there isn’t an easy solution to curing your dandruff. Learn the best treatments here.
Provides a Refreshing Scent
Finally, it’s what everybody knows eucalyptus for.
It’s that wonderfully easygoing, stress-relieving scent.
But what’s great about this fragrance is that it lasts.
Instead of losing its scent within a few hours, it will linger on your beard for the entire day.
How to Use Eucalyptus Oil for Beard Care
Now that you’re amped up about what eucalyptus oil can do, let’s cover how to use it.
Because, let’s face it, if you don’t know how to use it, what’s the point of knowing the benefits?
There are a few different ways you can apply eucalyptus oil to your beard.
No matter what technique you use, however, it’s vital to dilute the eucalyptus oil.
But don’t worry, you can find out exactly how to do that below:
How To Dilute Eucalyptus Oil
Not to get scientific on you, but all essential oils should have no more than a 3% concentration for topical use.
That means you’ll need to dilute the eucalyptus oil in a carrier oil — which is exactly what it sounds like —an oil that carries another ingredient to your skin.
But, what are the exact measurements of this for your beard?
Well, you’ll want to mix 15-20 drops of eucalyptus oil with 6 teaspoons of carrier oil.
Some examples of carrier oils include:
- Coconut oil,
- Sweet almond oil
- Jojoba oil
How To Apply Eucalyptus Oil For Beard
Now that you’ve successfully diluted the eucalyptus oil, it’s time to apply it.
You can do this in five easy steps:
Step 1: First, you’ll want to wash your beard with warm water or a beard shampoo. You can get 10% off this one with code MISSIONBEARD.
Step 2: Next, gently pat your beard dry with a towel until it’s damp. For longer beards, you can use a hair dryer on its lowest setting.
Step 3: Now, it’s time to spread the eucalyptus and carrier oil in the palm of your hands. You’ll find the suggested amount to use below.
|Beard length||Number of drops|
|Short beards||Use a few drops (2 or 3)|
|Medium length beards||Use 3 to 4 drops|
|Long beards||Use more than 4 drops|
Pro tip: not sure how much to use? Add the amount you think is right to your beard and wait 30 minutes. If your beard is still oily to the touch, you’ve used too much.
Step 4: Finally, massage your facial hair with the eucalyptus oil. Work your way from the top of the beard to the tips, ensuring every bit is covered — even the skin underneath.
If you’re using other products as well, it’s important to know how to apply them. Thankfully, we’ve got just what you need.
How Frequently Can You Use Eucalyptus Oil?
Unless you want to look like an oil spill (and we’re almost positive you don’t), then how often you use eucalyptus oil is paramount.
The answer, however, isn’t one size fits all.
Rather, it depends on your skin type.
Here’s what we recommend:
|Skin type||How often to use|
|Dry skin||1-2 times a day|
|Oily skin||Once a day|
|Normal skin||4 or 5 times a week|
|Sensitive skin||3-4 times a week|
Safety Precautions and Potential Side Effects
As Shakespeare said — too much of a good thing isn’t always good.
And that definitely rings true for eucalyptus oil.
Here are a few potentially dangerous side effects and precautions you can take when using eucalyptus oil.
The biggest drawback of using any essential oil is potential skin irritation.
That’s why you always want to dilute these ingredients with a carrier oil.
However, sometimes that’s not even enough. So it’s important to recognize what skin irritation looks like.
You’ll notice the first signs as increased redness, itchiness, and a stinging sensation.
If you observe any of these symptoms, stop using eucalyptus oil until the irritation subsides. Then you can begin using it again — less frequently or less concentrated.
Difficulty Breathing or Fever
When you’re applying eucalyptus oil, you’re bound to inhale it… There’s just no way around it.
If you’re using it frequently in high concentrations, that can lead to difficulty breathing and a fever.
But don’t worry. Since we’re diluting our eucalyptus oil, for most users, this is relatively uncommon.
However, if you have asthma or another respiratory condition, apply eucalyptus oil with caution — until you’re sure your body can handle it.
Other Essential Oils and Ingredients for Beard Care
Eucalyptus oil alone will help your beard, but it can’t do it all.
So, it’s suggested to use it in conjunction with a few other natural oils and products.
Here are a few other ingredients you can use to enhance your beard:
- Argan oil: If you want a smoother beard, you should be using argan oil. Find out why.
- Olive oil: No, it’s not just for cooking — it’s for your beard and skin beneath it too. Learn about the benefits here!
- Peppermint oil: Double the scent, double the power. Seriously, if you want your beard hair softer — try peppermint oil.
- Beard oil: Improve the effectiveness of natural oils with beard oils. You can even find a beard oil with eucalyptus, like this one.
Who knew eucalyptus could have so many benefits?
Well, we did… And, now you do too.
But that’s not all we know. In fact, we’re pretty knowledgeable about everything beard related (but, we’re probably a little biased).
In fact, we’ve got our own line of high-quality, no-nonsense products that are made for the everyday bearded beauty — with natural ingredients you can actually pronounce.