10 Best Essential Oils For Beard Growth (with DIY Recipes)
Ever wondered why isn’t your beard growing? Well, this all comes down to hormones. While some have beautiful looking beard naturally, others need special care to grow one. Of course, there are lots of products to help but it is good to pick something that is free from chemicals. Considering this, we have listed the best essential oils for beard growth.
Before we get into the details, let’s understand the science behind your beard.
The Science Behind Your Beard
All Mammals have hairs on their bodies and that’s what differentiates them from other animals in the Animal Kingdom. Human beings have hairs all over the body except for certain parts like lips, palms, hands, and feet soles.
While some are thick and visible, others are invisible. Some hairs grow out and some grow in. The hairs that are extremely thin are known as vellus hairs. There is a lot of mechanism behind the hair follicles becoming thick and thin.
When it comes to “beard,” there are 5 basic terms to understand:
- Androgen receptors
- Androgen signalling
- Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)
A male’s physique development is regulated by his sex hormones called androgens. Testosterone is an androgen. It exists in different forms in the body. Some are ”free” and others are “bounded to proteins.”
Then comes the enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. This enzyme appears in two versions.
- Type 1 of 5-alpha-reductase can be found in the sebaceous glands (oil glands on the skin) that produce sebum.
- Type 2 can be found within the hair follicles and the genitourinary tract.
3. Androgen Receptors
Androgen Receptors (AR) are proteins that are found in the target skin cells. They can be seen all over the skin. These receptors are activated only with a specific hormone. Only when the receptor is activated, the purpose of the hormone changes into action. The receptors act as transcription factor.
The hormone sends a signal to the receptors, a phase which is termed as androgen signalling. Without androgen signalling, the genetic male would look like a female.
During puberty, androgens increase in a male body. The Type 2- 5-alpha-reductase enzyme will convert to reduce testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone – a by-product of testosterone that is 5 times stronger than testosterone.
In the case of beard growth, the androgen receptors in the face would only be activated by a specific type of testosterone called Dihydrotestosterone – which decides the fate of the beard.
Your beard will grow well if you have a high level of dihydrotestosterone and good androgen signalling.
Unfortunately, DHT is both a protagonist and an antagonist. High DHT stimulates beard growth but causes male pattern baldness with age.
Apart from the genetic factor, other factors like age and lifestyle play an important role in beard growth.
Benefits of Using Essential Oils For Beard Growth
With regular application of essential oils, your beard not sees a good growth but also is healthy and shiny.
- Essential oils clean the beard and prevent problems like dandruff (or perhaps, beardruff).
- They support beard growth, strengthens your hair, and keeps your hair healthy.
- They aid to increase the volume and quality of your beard.
- They help you to repair your beard hair and prevent hair loss during dryness or flaking.
- They act as a beard conditioner and are extremely useful during the growth phase.
- They make your beard grow in an uniform direction.
- They make your beard look thick and dense.
- They prevent skin inflammation, itching, irritation, and hair fall.
- They act on your facial skin and help them keep soft.
10 Essential Oils For Beard Growth
Overall, essential oils help you to keep your beard in good condition. By good condition we mean – healthy, shiny, well-groomed and neat. But the question is which essential oils work the best for beard growth? Here are the ones to add in your daily regime:
- Argan oil
- Vetiver oil
- Orange oil
- Tea tree oil
- Peppermint oil
- Bergamot oil
- Sandalwood oil
- Lavender oil
- Cedarwood oil
- Pumpkin seed oil
1. Argan Oil
Argan oil (Argania spinosa) is obtained from the kernel of an argan tree. The oil has a nutty and earthy aroma. The good news is that the oil is thin and non-sticky. That makes it handy to use Argan oil on the face.
Argan oil is one of the best conditioning oils that works well for beard growth. It is an anti-inflammatory and thus, prevents skin inflammation. Also, the antimicrobial properties of argan oil prevents you from beardruff.
In addition, Argan oil exhibits an amazing anti-ageing and antioxidant properties that make your skin soft, young and smooth.
How to use Argan Oil for Beard Growth?
Dilute the argan oil using a suitable carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil before using it on your skin. Dilute 2 drops of Argan oil in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply the diluted oil on your skin twice a day. Applying it on night helps a lot.
Argan oil can be used as a conditioning medium for the beard as well. You can use it to groom your beard.
- 10 drops of Argan oil
- 20 drops of coconut oil
- 5 drops of Rosewood oil
Make a blend using these oils. Store it in an airtight container. Apply 1-2 drops of the mixture twice a day for grooming and growth.
2. Vetiver oil
Vetiver essential oil is extracted from the roots of Vetiveria zizanoides through steam distillation method. It is one of the economically important essential oils.
Vetiver oil is a yellow to amber thick liquid whose aroma is deep, earthy, green, smoky, rooty, and herbaceous.
Topical application of Vetiver oil helps you to hydrate and moisturize your skin. It helps you to enhance your skin tone.
It helps you to clean your skin deeply and improves its overall texture. It alleviates skin irritation, cracking, roughness, and dryness. It promotes skin elasticity as well.
Topical application of vetiver oil moisturizes and conditions the beard and reduces cracking of your facial hair follicles.
How to use Vetiver Oil for Beard Growth?
Vetiver essential oil is highly concentrated. Make sure to dilute the oil before you use. Also, the oil has a seductive effect. We do not recommend applying vetiver oil during day time. Applying vetiver oil before sleep promotes hair growth and sleep.
- 5 drops o Vetiver oil
- 3 drops of Lavender oil
- 3 drops of Rosemary oil
Blend these oils well and store the mixture in an air-tight container. Dilute 1 – 2 drops of blend in 2 tablespoons of Coconut oil or any carrier oil of your choice. Apply the diluted blend before sleep and wash it off in the morning.
3. Orange oil
Note: Do not confuse this with bitter orange oil. Only sweet orange oil is used in Aromatherapy.
Orange essential oil is extracted from the rind of an orange fruit (Citrus sinensis) through steam distillation method. You can expect a pale yellow to orange liquid with thin consistency. The aroma of the oil is sweet, citrusy, fruity and fresh.
The orange essential oil is an excellent antioxidant, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. Inhaling its aroma helps you to reduce anxiety.
Thanks to the astringent property of orange oil, as it contributes to anti-ageing benefit. When you topically apply orange oil on your skin, it cleanses & detoxifies the skin, works as a tonic, and reduces skin problems like acne.
Consistent usage would help you to improve health, appearance, texture and radiance. Orange oil nourishes the skin condition holistically, which also includes beard growth.
How to use Orange Oil for Beard Growth?
Orange essential oil is highly concentrated and phototoxic in nature. Make sure to dilute the oil before you use. After application, do not expose your skin to sunlight for 12 hours. We recommend the application of orange oil during night.
- 5 drops of Orange oil
- 5 drops of Lavender oil
- 2 drops of Sandalwood oil
Blend these oils well and store it for further use. Take 2 drops from this mixture and dilute it in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is obtained from the leaves and branches of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). You can expect a clear to pale yellow liquid with a thin consistency. When you inhale the aroma, you could feel a strong, fresh, woody, slightly spicy, and herbaceous aroma. (1, 2)
Topical application of diluted Tea tree oil helps to thicken hair and repair the split ends. It is too good for dry and damaged hair. The oil also moisturizes the skin and hair.
Thanks to the antibacterial property of tea tree oil and it acts as a cleanser as well. It prevents dandruff and dry skin flakes. It protects the skin’s moisture and promotes the appearance of skin and hair.
How to use Tea Tree Oil for Beard Growth?
Do not use Tea tree oil internally. Always make sure that you dilute tea tree oil before applying it on the skin. Also, if you feel any kind of irritation on your skin, immediately suspend its usage. We recommend performing a patch test before using it on your face.
- 5 drops of Tea tree oil
- 2 drops of Lemon oil
- 5 drops of Lavender oil
Make a blend using these oils and store it. Dilute 1 – 2 drops of the blend in a carrier oil of your choice. You can apply this blend twice a day for stimulating beard growth.
5. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint essential oil is extracted from Mentha x Piperita through steam distillation method. You can expect a clear to pale yellow thin liquid. The aroma of the oil is fresh, strong, and minty with a little peppery note.
Peppermint oil is the most recommended oil if you are new to aromatherapy. The cool nature of peppermint oil acts as a moisturizer and a cleanser. Thanks to the antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties of the oil. It helps to revitalize the skin and restore hair health.
The oil makes the hair stronger and thicker. In fact, the oil is great for the roots and the sebaceous gland.
How to use Peppermint Oil for Beard Growth?
Peppermint oil is a good start but concentrated as well. So make sure you dilute the oil before using it on your skin. Not many side effects are reported but make sure you perform a patch test before moving forward.
- 2 drops of Peppermint oil
- 1 drop of lavender oil
Dilute the oils in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or argan oil. Apply it to the roots of your beard. Make sure you do not apply a lot. Be gentle on your face and rest will be taken care of.
6. Bergamot Oil
Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the fruit rind of Citrus Aurantium and Citrus bergamia through steam distillation process. The color of the oil is between green and yellow. You can expect a thin liquid with fresh citrusy aroma.
Bergamot oil is an excellent disinfectant and topical application prevents you from infections. It is a good cicatrising agent, helping you to balance oil production from the sebaceous glands. It improves the overall appearance and tone of the skin.
How to use Bergamot Oil for Beard Growth?
Bergamot oil is highly concentrated and phototoxic in nature. So make sure you dilute the oil before applying it on the skin. Since bergamot oil is phototoxic, make sure you do not expose yourself to sunlight for 12 hours.
- 5 drops of Bergamot oil
- 3 drops of Rosemary oil
- 4 drops of Argan oil
Blend these oils well and store the mixture in an air-tight dark container. Dilute 2 drops of oil blend in 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil. Topically apply a small quantity of diluted oil on the beard.
7. Sandalwood Oil
Sandalwood essential oil is extracted from the chipped heartwood of Santalum album through steam distillation method. The extracted sandalwood oil is clear to pale yellow liquid with medium to thick consistency. You can expect a soft, rich, sweet and woody aroma when inhaling the oil.
Topical application of Sandalwood oil helps you to relieve any inflammatory symptoms like itching, irritation and dry skin. The oil also alleviates the conditions like chapping, cracking, dryness, and roughness of the skin.
It acts as a cleanser and balances oil production in the skin. Regular application of oil improves the elasticity of the skin, moisturises it and tightens the skin as well. It can also be used to moisturise the hair and keep it healthy.
How to use Sandalwood Oil for Beard Growth?
Sandalwood essential oil has a soothing effect. Use less quantity of diluted sandalwood oil in the day time or use it before sleep. Do not use the oil prior to driving or any type of work that requires concentration.
You can dilute 1 drop of sandalwood oil in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and massage your beard and skin.
- 5 drops of sandalwood oil
- 2 drops of Lemon oil
- 3 drops of Rosemary oil
This combo works wonder to your skin and beard. Dilute 2 – 3 drops of the blend in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage your beard and let the oil sit for an hour before you wash it.
8. Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil is extracted from the flower spikes of Lavandula angustifolia through steam distillation. You can expect a colorless to pale yellow liquid with a thin and water-like consistency. Lavender oil is popular for its rich, floral, and herbaceous aroma.
All thanks to its antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender oil acts as a natural cleanser and alleviates inflammatory symptoms like acne. Regular application of lavender oil helps you to improve and restore the appearance of skin and hair.
How to use Lavender Oil for Beard Growth?
Lavender oil is an ideal choice for a newbie. However, it exerts a little sedative effect. Dilute 2 drops of Lavender oil in 2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. Massage your beard using the diluted oil once or twice a day.
- 10 drops of Lavender oil
- 5 drops of Rosemary oil
- 5 drops of Peppermint oil
Make the blend and you can store it for further use. Dilute 2 drops of the blend in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage your beard using this blend and let it sit overnight.
9. Cedarwood Oil
Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from the wood chips and shavings of Cedrus atlantica. It is a slightly viscous liquid in either pale-yellow or dark yellow. You can expect a balsamic, soft, woody aroma. The aroma is sweet and warm as well.
Cedarwood oil is an excellent anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, regenerative, restorative, and tonic.
The aroma of the cedarwood oil is calming and acts as an energizer. Topical application of cedarwood oil acts as a cleanser and purifies the skin. It supports hair growth and strengthens the hair from its roots.
How to use Cedarwood Oil for Beard Growth?
Dilute 3 drops of cedarwood essential oil in 2 – 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil and massage your beard. Cedarwood oil may cause irritation if you have sensitive skin. Perform a patch test before using it on your face.
- 2 drops of Cedarwood oil
- 2 drops of sandalwood oil
- 1 drop of lavender oil
Dilute the above blend in 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage your beard well and let it sit for an hour before you wash. We recommend you to do this before bed or when you rest.
10. Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin seed oil is certainly extracted from the unhusked seeds of pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) by cold-pressing. You can expect a thin liquid, which may appear orange to red, depending upon its consistency.
The pumpkin seed oil is certainly one of the best essential oils for beard growth. It has been used to prevent hair loss, promote hair growth, uplift the skin tone, and much more. Reversing hair loss is one of the most well-known health benefits of Pumpkin seed oil.
When it comes to beard growth, pumpkin seed oil hydrates the hair follicle, nourishes beards, make it look lustrous and prevents it from external damages.
Pumpkin seed oil can be also used to tone your skin. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It moisturises your skin, tightens it, fights acne and prevents dandruff.
How to use Pumpkin Seed Oil for Beard Growth?
The pumpkin seed oil has a thin consistency but it is crucial that you dilute the oil using a carrier oil of your choice. You can apply diluted pumpkin seed oil on your face after bath. It works as a conditioning and toning oil.
- 2 drops of pumpkin seed oil
- 1 drop of Argan oil
Dilute the blend in 2 tablespoons of Coconut oil and massage your beard twice a day.
How To Choose An Oil For Beard Growth?
Choosing essential oils for beard growth is quite tough especially when you are new to this. Here are a few tips that would help you choose.
- Meet an aromatherapist if you can.
- Buy small bottles of essential oils to test.
- Perform a patch test on your skin (other than face or sensitive areas) to check whether you are not allergic to that specific oil.
- Get to know the chemical composition of the oils that you plan to buy.
- Research on the side effects, the science behind the oil, science behind beard growth before you purchase.
Beard growth mainly depends on your hormone levels. So any tip will work only if your hormones are balanced. So, keep yourself healthy and fit, and then, use essential oils as an aid.