The cooling sensation of eucalyptus oil has been used for years to help clear sinuses during cold and flu season, but did you know it can also stimulate hair growth? That’s right, that essential oil that you have laying around is also great for your hair, as well ask your skin! So if you’re ready to add another natural beauty supplement to your hair care routine, try eucalyptus oil!
Eucalyptus trees are fast-growing trees that are native to Australia, however, they are now grown throughout the world. The oil is distilled from the tree leaves and has been shown to have herbicidal, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties.
Important warning: when using essential oils, be sure to dilute your eucalyptus oil before you apply it to your skin. Also, if you have pets, be sure to keep it out of reach. Eucalyptus can be toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.
If you’re ready to add eucalyptus to your hair care routine, you won’t just see a boost in hair growth. You’ll also see the following:
- Improvement in overall hair health
- Relieves itchy scalp and dandruff
- Can treat hair lice
- Stimulates hair follicles
With the anti-inflammatory properties in eucalyptus oil, your scalp will see a reduction in inflammation, making it a prime environment for added hair growth.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot of scientific data proving the healing properties of eucalyptus oil in the western world. Although the oil has been used for centuries as a homeopathic remedy, there are no true studies that have been done that prove its effectiveness. There have been studies that prove eucalyptus does have anti-inflammatory properties, but it has not been shown effective with stimulating hair growth.
Although there are no studies showing this, the results can speak for themselves. Many users of eucalyptus have been a boost in their hair growth from the oil.
How to Use Eucalyptus Oil
If you’re ready to add the oil to your hair care routine, remember that is has to be diluted. There are many different options on how to use it. The first is to just add a few drops to the products you already have. To do so, purchase your favorite oil and add a few drops to your current conditioner. Be sure to mix thoroughly. When you use the conditioner, you’ll notice a tingly sensation radiate through your scalp.
The second option is to find hair care products that currently have eucalyptus oil already added. You can find many different options on the market, like these:
- The Seaweed Bath Co. Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner
- OGX Eucalyptus Mint Shampoo and Conditioner
- Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Shampoo and Conditioner
The last option is to create your own mixture. You can do this by adding eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil, then massaging it into your scalp and roots. After you’ve worked it through your hair, leave the oil for thirty minutes to an hour. Shampoo and condition after, then towel dry your hair. You can apply this twice a week for optimal benefits.
Although there isn’t a lot of research on eucalyptus oil, the anti-inflammatory benefits have been shown to promote hair growth, even if not proven clinically. Just make sure that you dilute it properly and if you notice any adverse reactions, be sure to talk to your doctor or dermatologist.