Eucalyptus oil is derived from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. Its pungent smell has long been used in vaporizers to help clear head colds and the oil itself can be rubbed on the chest to break up congestion. Eucalyptus oil is also used as a massage oil for the scalp. The oil stimulates the blood vessels and hair follicles on the scalp. However, applying the oil directly to your skin may have adverse effects for some people. Eucalyptus oil must be diluted before application.
Things You'll Need
- Eucalyptus oil
- Base or mixing oil
- Empty glass bottle with lid
Choose a base or mixing oil. These are oils with no scent or harsh properties. Almond oils and other nut oils are recommended because they contain vitamins that will condition and benefit your skin. Vegetable oils and seed oils are good choices, too. Grapeseed, sunflower and avocado oils are the most popular.
Clean and dry the empty glass bottle thoroughly. Amber-colored bottles will prevent light from heating and changing the properties of the oils, but a clear bottle will do if you keep it in a dark place.
Fill the empty bottle about halfway with your mixing oil. Use the eyedropper if the bottle’s mouth is narrow, or simply pour in the oil. Clean the eyedropper and fill it with eucalyptus oil.
Drip about a dozen drops of eucalyptus oil into the base oil if you’re using a bottle smaller than a cup. For larger bottles, drip 20 to 45 drops of eucalyptus into the base oil. Close the bottle and shake it to mix. Massage your scalp with it after your next shower, while your hair is damp.