Ladies, your hair loss problem can be cured naturally. No, we will not talk about any so-called ‘herbal formula‘ that sounds too good to be true. Instead, we will be sharing a secret natural ingredient with you that you have never considered as an effective hair loss remedy. It is the good old ‘eucalyptus oil’. Yes, the simple eucalyptus plant that probably had been growing in your backyard for years now can help you save your luscious locks. How? Let us explore it gradually. Then, keep reading to know why and how to use eucalyptus oil for hair loss treatments.
What Is Eucalyptus Oil?
Eucalyptus oil or ‘Nilgiri oil ‘is a colorless oil obtained from the dried leaves of eucalyptus (‘Myrtaceae’ family) through the ‘cold extraction’ or ‘steam distillation process. The plant is native to Australia, and only certain species of it, mostly Eucalyptus salicifolia and Eucalyptus globulus, are used to extract the oil. The essential oil with a robust sweet-woody aroma has been widely used for its extraordinary medicinal properties. (1)
Being rich in an antioxidant called ‘eucalyptol’ (1,8-cineole), the eucalyptus oil is considered excellent for our health, skin, and hair. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, and analgesic properties. You can even use the oil to eliminate mucus built-up in your respiratory tract. In short, it is a versatile essential oil that contributes significantly to our overall well-being. (2)
How Does Eucalyptus Oil Reduce Hair Loss?
Now, let us focus on the hair benefits offered by eucalyptus oil. As said earlier, it is highly effective in preventing frequent hair fall, thereby reducing hair loss to a great extent. Here is how the oil works for hair: (3)
1. Improves Scalp Health
We use lots of synthetic hair care products every day and end up clogging the pores on our heads. This causes residue build-ups, making the scalp dry and itchy. The antifungal properties of eucalyptus oil help keep our scalp clean and infection-free. As the scalp remains healthy, the hair becomes strong too.
2. Promotes Follicle Stimulation
When our scalp does not get enough blood flow, our hair follicles cannot grow healthy hair. Reduced scalp circulation also results in chronic hair loss. Eucalyptus oil acts as a stimulant for our hair follicles by constricting and cleansing blood vessels in the scalp. This enhances blood circulation throughout the scalp, reducing hair fall and promoting hair growth.
Too much eucalyptus oil can make the scalp greasy and reduce the shine of the hair. Make sure that you use it an hour before bath and wash it off with a mild shampoo followed by a good conditioner.
How To Use Eucalyptus Oil For Hair Loss
Proper use of eucalyptus oil can significantly improve the health of your hair. Here are different ways to include the ‘wonder oil’ in your hair care regimen for fighting against hair loss:
1. Simple Massage With Eucalyptus Oil
A weekly eucalyptus oil massage is the easiest way to stop hair fall. First, warm up a little oil and massage the scalp with it thoroughly. Do this before going to bed so that you can leave it for the whole night. Then, wash your hair with a mild shampoo and apply a conditioner the following day. It will give you a clean and healthy scalp, which will eventually cause less hair fall and promote new hair growth.
2. Eucalyptus Oil Added To Organic Shampoo
Pick an excellent organic shampoo and add 8 to 10 drops of this medicinal herb extract to that. Mix well and use it for regularly rinsing your hair. This shampoo will drive away dandruff, a significant cause behind excessive hair fall, and help you get back your healthy hair in a few days.
3. Eucalyptus Oil And Olive Oil Blend
Prepare a mixture by combining olive oil with eucalyptus oil and warm it up. Now, apply the oil mixture to both your hair and scalp and wrap up your entire head with a towel so that your hair is covered completely. After 20-25 minutes, unwrap the towel and wash the mixture with cold water. It will cleanse your scalp to stimulate your hair roots to produce and hold healthy hair fibers.
4. Eucalyptus Oil And Almond Oil Blend
You need something more than a regular coconut oil massage when treating severe hair loss. Instead, make your hair oil by mixing eucalyptus oil and almond oil and heating the mixture a bit. Massaging your hair regularly with this oil blend will give you stronger, smoother, and silkier locks. As a result, you will experience significantly lesser hair fall.
5. Eucalyptus Oil, Castor Oil, And Rosemary Oil Blend
To prepare this mixture, you have to pour some castor oil into the eucalyptus oil and add a few drops of rosemary oil to it. Now, blend them all to form a super effective oil mixture. Next, warm it up and use it on your hair. Next, cover your hair thoroughly with a towel and let the oil sit for at least half an hour. Finally, rinse with a mild shampoo and apply a good conditioner.
6. Eucalyptus Oil And Lemon Juice Hair Pack
Opt for a pack containing eucalyptus oil and lemon juice to promote the overall health of your scalp and hair. Take some eucalyptus oil in a bowl and squeeze the juice of a lemon into it. Heat the mixture so that it becomes lukewarm. Now, apply this onto your scalp and massage gently with your fingertips for up to 15 minutes. It will boost the blood flow throughout the scalp and strengthen the hair shafts to curb hair fall.
7. Eucalyptus Oil And Hibiscus Flower Hair Pack
Make another hair pack by mixing eucalyptus oil and hibiscus flowers. Firstly, turn the flowers into a smooth paste by boiling them in plain water. Keep the boiled water aside once you are done straining the boiled flowers. Now, pour a little eucalyptus oil into the flowers and blend well. Finally, apply this pack to your hair and wash it off with the boiled water after half an hour. This procedure combines the goodness of both hibiscus and eucalyptus oil. As a result, you start experiencing less hair fall.
- “The health benefits of eucalyptus“- medicalnewstoday.com
- “Antimicrobial efficacy of eucalyptus oil and 1,8-cineole alone and in combination with chlorhexidine digluconate against microorganisms grown in planktonic and biofilm cultures” – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
- “The 12 Best Eucalyptus Oil Benefits For Your Hair, Skin, and More” – womenshealthmag.com