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Eucalyptus oil for hair and skin – Benefits and Uses

Eucalyptus oil, commonly known as Nilgiri oil, is an essential oil obtained from the fresh leaves of eucalyptus trees native to Australia. This essential oil has been around for aromatherapy for ages but recently its usage is also growing in personal care products. This colourless liquid with a strong woody smell has multiple benefits for your mind, body and health. 

The refreshing eucalyptus essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic properties and is also used for its medicinal properties. It contains various beneficial compounds such as 1,8 cineole, flavonoids and tannins. 


Benefits of Eucalyptus oil for hair and skin

Nilgiri oil offers multiple benefits to hair and skin, here are a few of them-

  • Reduces dandruff
    The antibacterial and antiviral properties of eucalyptus help to prevent dandruff flakes gradually. This oil helps cleanse the scalp and remove dead skin cells that provide relief from dandruff and keep your scalp healthy and nourished.
  • Promotes hair growth
    Its astringent properties help to control sebum production and thereby prevent hair follicles from getting clogged after excess sebum and dirt that can lead to hair loss. Being a hair stimulant, it helps to boost the hair growth, prevents hair breakage, and strengthens hair by improving elasticity over the time.
  • Relieves itchy scalp
    Eucalyptus oil has methanol agents that give a cooling effect and help to provide relief from itchiness and redness of the scalp. 
  • Relieves sunburn
    It is believed that eucalyptus oil can provide relief from sunburn over time when used in regulated quantity and as per professional guidance.. Its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties help to soothe sunburn and redness. The soothing composition of this oil may help prevent any infection as well.
  • Helps with acne
    This essential oil helps dry up blemishes and acne breakouts gradually by alleviating pain and inflammation. As per a study, antibacterial properties of eucalyptus oil help to control the acne breakouts. 
  • Soothes dry skin
    It is believed that eucalyptus oil helps to give relief from dry and flaky skin. Not only does it deliver intense hydration to the skin but also locks in moisture that makes your complexion glowing and nourished. It helps moisturize your dry skin when diluted with an appropriate carrier oil, especially in winters.

Other health benefits of Eucalyptus oil

Along with hair and skincare benefits, Nilgiri oil is also ideal for other health benefits. Here are some of them-

  • Heals wound
    It is believed that this essential oil helps to initiate the healing process of wounds because of its antiseptic properties. Nilgiri oil is known for its effective properties to treat wounds, cuts, scraps, bruises, sores and burns over time. Also, it helps to heal insect bites and stings. Apart from the healing process, it also helps to protect the open wound to develop any infection later. 
  • Relieves muscles and joint pain
    Due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, it is believed to help relieve muscles and joint pain. Massaging with eucalyptus oil in a circular motion on the surface of skin helps to relieve stress and pain over time. This may also help people who are suffering from arthritis, stiff muscles, aches and nerve pain.
  • Provides relief from cold and cough
    As per a study, nilgiri oil has anti-microble, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which help to relieve symptoms of cold, cough and sinus. This is also known for giving relief from asthma-related symptoms depending on the individual's concern. 
  • Boosts immunity
    Studies found that eucalyptus oil may help to stimulate your immune system. According to researchers, antibacterial properties of eucalyptus oil influence infectious bacteria in the upper respiratory tract that causes flu. Its aroma helps to open the respiratory tract and control the sinus over time.

How to use eucalyptus oil?

Nilgiri oil holds a lot of benefits for your skin, hair and health. Being an essential oil, this is highly concentrated and should be used with caution. However, it is not advisable to use it directly on your skin and hair. Eucalyptus oil must be diluted with a suitable carrier oil with recommended dermal limit for topical use. You can make 1% or less of the total mixture. For example, if you're taking 100 ml of carrier oil then essential oil shouldn't be more than 1 ml of the total concentration. While you're using multiple essential oils at once, the total of these shouldn't be more than 1 ml.

Let's get into the uses of eucalyptus oil for your skin and hair.

  • For skin
    For skin, dilute eucalyptus oil with an appropriate carrier oil in recommended proportion. Now, incorporate this resulting facial oil in the last step of your skincare regime of the day (before sunscreen) and night. Moreover, this guide can help you select suitable carrier oil-
    • If you have oily skin, dilute eucalyptus essential oil with hemp or grapeseed carrier oil.
    • If you have dry skin, dilute this essential oil with carrier oil such as argan or avocado.
    • If you have acne-prone skin, dilute eucalyptus oil with argan carrier oil.
    • If you have a normal skin type, dilute eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil like jojoba oil.
  • For hair
    For hair concerns, you can dilute Nilgiri oil with an appropriate carrier oil in the recommended proportion. Oil your hair thoroughly and leave it overnight. And take a head shower next morning. Repeat this process twice a week. Also, this guide can help you to choose the carrier oil as per your concern.
    • For dandruff and itchy scalp, dilute eucalyptus essential oil with cold pressed neem carrier oil. Ensure to gently massage your scalp.
    • For hair growth, dilute this essential oil with cold-pressed jojoba or pumpkin carrier oil. Ensure to gently massage your scalp.

Juicy Chemistry's products products with Eucalyptus oil

Sacha Inchi, Lemon & Peppermint Organic Hair Oil for dandruff control
This is JC's certified organic hair oil that helps to reduce dandruff and soothe itchy scalp. This effective yet lightweight hair oil formulated with nourishing and effective essential oils. Eucalyptus, lemon and tea tree essential oil help to boost blood flow to control dandruff and reduce itchiness while rosemary essential oil to soothe scalp. This hair oil is suitable for all skin types yet well-suited to dry scalp.

FAQ's

  • Is eucalyptus oil safe during pregnancy?
  • It is advisable to take professional guidance before using any essential oil during the pregnancy phase.
  • Can I use eucalyptus oil in the bath?
    Yes, you may add a few drops to your bathtub. We highly recommend a professional’s guidance while incorporating undiluted essential oils in your lifestyle. 
  • Is eucalyptus oil suitable for a beard?
    Yes, it may help in growing your beard depending on the individual's concern. Use it in diluted form. Be cautious and take professional guidance before using it. 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5435909/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2221169115001033
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282716344_Studies_on_inhibitory_effect_of_eucalyptus_oil_on_sebaceous_glands_for_the_management_of_Acne
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609378/
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307869709_Beneficial_and_Healthy_Properties_of_Eucalyptus_Plants_A_Great_Potential_Use

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