Tea Tree Oil for Beard Growth: Benefits & DIY Recipes

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If you’re sick of your patchy, scraggy beard, then you’re probably looking for ways to help your facial hair grow. Hair-growing products like Minoxidil help you grow your hair, but they also alter your blood pressure in ways that could be harmful to your health.

If you’re looking for a natural solution to this problem, we’ve got you covered. Tea tree oil provides a safe hair-growing solution from the best pharmacist of all—Mother Nature.

What Is Tea Tree Oil? 

The Australian native tea tree (scientific name: Melaleuca alternifolia), gives us one of the most popular essential oils. People have been using the oil from this plant for decades because of its antibacterial properties.

You’ve probably heard of this oil before. Acne treatment companies often distill this plant down to its essential oil and market it as a natural cleanser due to its ability to kill dangerous bacteria.

Some of tea tree oil’s other uses include treating dandruff (which is why it can be found in so many hair care products), nail fungus, lice, and athlete’s foot. You can find the oil at a relatively low price at many grocery stores and pharmacies. The good news is that you don’t need a prescription or any other permission to buy it.

Is Tea Tree Oil Safe to Use?

For the most part, tea tree essential oil should be safe to use on most people’s skin. Some people may have an allergic reaction to it, though. Some adverse side effects of tea tree oil usage include:

  • Itching
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Skin irritation
  • Rash
  • Scaling
  • Dryness

Don’t use this oil if you have eczema. If you’ve never used essential oils on your skin before, apply a small amount to your arm or some other place on your skin. Wait 24 hours. If you don’t have an allergic reaction, you should be fine using it on your beard.

Avoid getting tea tree oil in your mouth. Not only will it taste unpleasant, but swallowing it can cause confusion and loss of muscle control. Ingesting a large amount of it can also make you lose consciousness.

Expert sources advise not to use tea tree oil around the mouth, so avoid the hair around your lips. We suggest using it to grow out the areas to connect your goatee or along the jawline, which tends to grow in patches in some men.

Can Tea Tree Oil Be Bad for You in Other Ways?

A study found that the oil from tea trees spurred gynecomastia, or breast tissue formation, in young boys.

The study, published in 2007, only found enhanced breast growth in three boys when exposed to lavender oil and tea tree oil. However, the small sample size doesn’t give us a strong conclusion that it definitively causes breast growth in boys.

Notice that we’re talking about boys here. If an endocrine disruption occurs, it would be most destructive among people who have yet to form a robust hormone system through puberty. Guys who already went through puberty have less to worry about.

So if you’re a grown man, don’t worry too much about these oils disrupting your hormonal system. They’re not going to make it harder to grow a beard. However, you should make sure to store them away from children to be safe.

How Does Tea Tree Oil Help Your Beard?

There’s not a lot of evidence that suggests the oil from tea trees helps hair grow. We call things that help hair growth “androgens,” and they’re the reason why men grow facial hair at all. Androgens work with your natural testosterone to grow hair on your face and other parts of your body.

Since tea tree oil doesn’t contain any androgens, your beard will grow thanks to the healthy skin cells it promotes. This oil kills bacteria that could clog pores and give the skin under your beard a rough texture. It also reduces dandruff and helps you get dewy, healthy-looking skin.

By helping to improve the overall circulation and look of the skin, tea tree oil creates the optimum environment for your beard hair to grow. That’s the main benefit of this popular oil for beard growth.

How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Beard Growth

You shouldn’t apply essential oils directly to your skin. The concentrated oils can damage the sensitive skin on your face. It’s best to mix tea tree (or any other pure essential) oil with carrier oils and bases to promote skin health and beard growth.

You can use a carrier oil to dilute or “weaken” essential oils, such as coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, and grape seed oil. Each carrier oil has its own benefits. Combining tea tree oil with these natural oils improves the overall mixture and provides the best concoction for beard growth.

We’ve included some of the best beard growth oil recipes below.

Recipe #1 — The Classic Beard Oil Combo

This classic beard growth recipe has only two ingredients: jojoba oil and tea tree oil. The cleansing and moisturizing properties jojoba oil carries make it an ideal carrier oil. 

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp. of jojoba carrier oil
  • 2 drops of tea tree essential oil

You can always increase the amount you add, but we recommend taking it slow so that you don’t dry out your skin or clog your pores.

Recipe #2 — Calming Beard Balm

The next recipe has a peppermint base. Research suggests that peppermint has calming properties when you breathe it in. Peppermint also acts as an antiseptic, killing any bacteria on the skin. It’s a great addition to any beard growth or beard care serum.

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp. of argan oil
  • 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops of tea tree essential oil

Mix all the oils. It would be best to place the mixture in a dropper so that you can apply the oils to your beard without using your hands. If you don’t have one, though, a small bottle containing the mixture should work too.

Recipe #3 — Acne Killer

Some guys love their beard because it hides their acne. But why hide pimples when you could get rid of them? Here’s a beard oil mix that can eliminate acne.

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp. of jojoba oil
  • 2 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil

Lavender oil has long been considered one of the best acne-killing essential oils right up there with tea tree oil. Combining these two oils will help your beard grow and kill any bacteria lurking near the hair follicles.

Recipe #4 — Itchy Beard Wash

Beards can itch because the skin underneath feels dry or as a consequence of hair growth. Using an anti-itch oil combined with the oil from tea trees means creating a great recipe to stave off an itchy face when your hair grows back.

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp. of your favorite carrier oil
  • 2 drops of sandalwood oil
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil

Consider adding a third drop of tea tree essential oil if you’re struggling with flaking or dry skin. Add the third drop anyway in winter or if you live in an arid climate. If you want to spice things up a bit, you can replace that third drop with a drop of cedarwood oil.

Sandalwood oil is a natural moisturizer, meaning it usually takes just one application in the morning to keep your face smooth.

Recipe #5 — Shiny, Healthy-Looking Beard

Our final recipe for beard growth includes coconut oil. It provides all sorts of benefits: anti-aging properties, restoration after sun damage, reduces inflammation, helps heal wounds, and more.

In addition, coconut oil quickens hair growth and makes existing hair look shiny and healthy. Those with coarse or kinky facial hair may find that useful.

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 2 drops of tea tree essential oil

First, heat the coconut oil before adding in the tea tree oil. Coconut oil has a pretty low melting point at 78°F.

You might find it difficult to evenly mix the tea tree oil in the coconut oil that hasn’t melted entirely. Upon completing the mixture, transfer it to a small mason jar or another type of container.

Since coconut oil will return to a solid state at room temperature, you can keep this beard oil combo on you without fear of it spilling and making a mess. Therefore, this recipe makes for great beard oil for travelers.

Final Thoughts

Tea tree essential oil can improve skin health and promote facial hair growth if you use it properly. The main benefit of using essential oils is that they can help you address skin health issues that can prevent your beard from growing. Healthy skin tends to lead to a healthy beard.

While tea tree oil itself won’t actually grow your beard the way Minoxidil will, using a beard oil recipe that contains it gives you a better, fuller-looking beard without having to worry about adverse side effects. Tea tree oil is also affordable and easy to find. The availability and affordability make it ideal for beard growth. Just be careful when applying it near your mouth and use a carrier oil to dilute it.

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