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Natural Essential Oils for Beard Growth & Health

Natural Essential Oils for Beard Growth & Health

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Updated: April 10, 2020
By Derek Martin


Do you want a manly beard, or a mediocre beard?

A manly beard, obviously!

The goal of every man who decides to grow a beard is one that is thick, full, and masculine — not a beard that is thin, wispy, and patchy.

But the unfortunate truth is that not every man is capable of growing a thick, full beard. In fact it’s pretty common for men to be lacking when it comes to facial hair fullness and density.

While I will admit that the quality of your beard has a lot to do with genetics, it’s important to understand that there are natural steps you can take to improve beard thickness and growth — even if genetics has dealt you a shit hand.

One of the most effective ways to improve the quality of your beard is to start using natural essential oils that are proven to stimulate hair follicles and promote beard growth.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary plants growing outside

If you’re looking for a natural way to improve the quality of your beard, then you should seriously consider making rosemary oil a part of your daily beard care routine. When applied topically, rosemary oil has been shown to improve hair thickness and rate of growth. A 6 month study in 2015 showed that rosemary oil performed as well as the hair re-growth treatment minoxidil when applied to the scalp — but with fewer side effects.

Here’s a simple DIY beard oil recipe that contains rosemary:

  • 1 ounce of jojoba oil
  • 5 milliliters of grapeseed oil
  • 5 drops of frankincense oil
  • 3 drops of rosemary oil

Got no time to DIY? I recommend trying rosemary infused Rhett’s Beard Oil.


Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender sprigs laying on a table

The use of lavender oil dates back over 2500 years when Egyptians and Romans used it for a wide range of purposes, including: cooking, soap making, perfume, bathing, and even mummification. Commonly known for it’s calming and soothing fragrance, lavender oil also contains antibiotic and antiseptic properties that inhibit the growth of germs and bacteria. But what most men don’t realize about lavender oil is that it can actually improve beard thickness and growth when applied topically. A four week study in 2016 showed that lavender oil significantly increased the number of hair follicles in mice when applied to the skin.

Here’s a highly moisturizing, and great smelling DIY beard oil recipe that contains lavender:

  • 1 ounce of jojoba oil
  • 3 drops of lavender oil
  • 2 drops of peppermint oil
  • 2 drops of sandalwood
  • 2 drops of sweet orange oil

Not much of a DIY’er? Try The Royal Knight lavender beard oil by Badass Beard Care.


Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint leaves laying on a table

If you’d like to add thickness and fullness to your beard, consider making peppermint oil a part of your daily beard care routine. Peppermint oil has been used for thousands of years as a fragrance and flavoring agent, but it also offers a ton of homeopathic uses as well due to it’s ability to soothe and cool the skin, fight germs and bacteria, and reduce pain. But what most people don’t know about peppermint oil is that it can also promote hair and beard growth by increasing blood circulation and stimulating hair follicles. A 2014 study demonstrated that peppermint oil significantly increased hair growth and follicle count when applied to the skin of mice.

Here’s a very fresh smelling DIY beard oil recipe that contains peppermint:

  • 25 milliliters of argan oil
  • 5 milliliters of grapeseed oil
  • 4 drops of peppermint oil
  • 2 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil

DIY’ing too much of a hassle? Try The Biker peppermint beard oil by Badass Beard Care.


Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood pine cones and needles

Cedarwood is an extremely versatile essential oil that serves many uses, including: skin care, aromatherapy, cosmetics, medicine, and hair care. When applied to the skin, cedarwood has shown the ability to enhance blood circulation and stimulate hair growth. A 1998 study involving patients with alopecia demonstrated that cedarwood oil effectively re-grew hair when applied daily.

Here’s a very rugged and masculine smelling DIY beard oil recipe featuring cedarwood:

  • 25 milliliters of jojoba oil
  • 5 milliliters of argan oil
  • 8 drops of cedarwood oil
  • 4 drops of sandalwood oil
  • 3 drops of sweet orange oil

Too busy to be bothered with a DIY beard oil? I recommend trying WV Timber cedarwood beard oil by Mountaineer Brand.


Tea Tree Essential Oil

An up close picture of a tea tree plant growing outside

Tea tree oil is known for it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and is commonly used to treat a wide range of conditions, including: acne, athlete’s foot, jock itch, dandruff, fungal infections, and even lice. It’s also been shown to improve hair thickness and growth by unclogging follicles and nourishing hair roots. A 2013 study demonstrated that tea tree oil greatly improved the performance of minoxidil (hair growth treatment) when the two products were administered together. It’s certainly an essential oil worth experimenting with if your goal is to improve beard thickness and growth.

Here’s a moisturizing and fresh smelling DIY beard oil recipe with tea tree:

  • 25 milliliters of argan oil
  • 5 milliliters of grapeseed oil
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • 3 drops of grapefruit oil
  • 3 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 3 drops of sweet orange oil

If DIY is not an option, I recommend trying Zeus Tea Tree beard oil.


Frankincense Essential Oil

A frankincense tree growing outside

Frankincense is one of the most interesting and historical essential oils in the world. It has been used throughout history for a wide range of applications, including: incense, perfume, insect repellant, treatment for wounds, and even ritual ceremonies. Frankincense oil originates from the sap of the boswellia and commiphora trees. The sap is harvested 3 times per year by cutting the bark of the tree and allowing the sap to drain and eventually harden. The resulting hardened sap is then used in it’s dried form, or steamed to produce essential oil. Modern day uses of frankincense oil include: alternative medicine, aromatherapy, and even toothpaste. Another interesting fact about frankincense oil is that it can help stimulate hair and beard growth when applied topically. It does this by unclogging follicles and nourishing and hydrating the hair shaft.

Here’s a simple and great smelling DIY beard oil recipe with frankincense:

  • 1 ounce jojoba oil
  • 3 drops of frankincense oil
  • 2 drops of lime oil
  • 2 drops of lemon oil
  • 2 drops of orange oil

No time to DIY? I recommend you try Reverend J organic frankincense beard oil.


Thanks for checking out my list of natural essential oils for beard growth and health. If you found this article helpful, check out my list of foods that promote beard growth. As always, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to drop me a line in the comment section below.