Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

7 Anti-Dandruff Blends and Tips with Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

The Eucalyptus family is a very large one! Its lemon scented eucalyptus variety is the loveliest representative though. Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil is one of the best active ingredients for scalp and hair. This article will teach you how to get rid of dandruff among others, with a few very simple recipes.    

 

Hair plays a very important role in the life of women and men in an almost similar manner. I know this because I am also very interested in a good hair care. There are lots of affections one could suffer from in that area.

 

Luckily, we have natural remedies that are proven by science and experiments. The oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is a potent substance that can help you have a healthy and strong scalp and hair again.

 

The first part contains mask recipes and tips about using this essence. You’ll learn what makes it so special, and how exactly it behaves and acts upon the hair and scalp.

 

Later on, in the second part, I’m going to give you more information about the tree itself and its oils. There are several other types of Eucalyptus oil, and you should know about them as well.

 

I will conclude the article with a few safety measures. They’re always important in the safe use of an essential oil such as Lemon Eucalyptus.

 

 

Did You Know?

  • The lemon eucalypt tree sheds once a year. Before shedding, its trunk has a light grey color, and after shedding, the trunk becomes a pink shade.

 

Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

 

Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Anti-Dandruff Blends and Tips

 

 

Botanical name: Corymbia citriodora or eucalyptus citriodora (citronnellalifera)

Texture: thin oil.

Aroma: strong citronella scent, herbaceous and woody, with camphor notes.

Color: no color or light yellow.

Other names: lemon eucalyptus, lemon-scented gum tree, blue-spotted gum

 

 

Dandruff is a common scalp condition that can be quite embarrassing. Sometimes it may even be harder to treat, but it is never contagious. There are many causes for which the scalp may develop dandruff.

 

Generally speaking, the scalp will start flaking when it is too dry. The hair doesn’t lubricate itself like the skin does. The only source for moisture and protection is the sebaceous glands under the scalp.

 

The sebum’s role is to protect the hair from dryness, breakage and other external damaging factors.

 

When the scalp is too dry, it can affect the hair as well. This one can become dull and dry and more prone to breakage. In time, that will result in split ends and a hair without volume, elasticity or shininess.

 

Dandruff is caused by a fungus called Malassezia (globosa). This one thrives on dry scalp. It eats away all the sebum and nutrients from the scalp.

 

These nutrients would have normally contributed to hair growth and strength. When dandruff is acting up, you know your hair is having a tough time.

 

So, in order to get rid of dandruff and help your hair shine and look healthy again, you’ll have to give it some of your attention.

 

The way you wash your hair, the products you use, and even the way you dry it matters. Commercial shampoos are harsh and they strip the scalp of its sebum.

 

That can stop there and cause scalp dryness, or the scalp could produce even more sebum than before. It does so to compensate the lack of sebum rinsed out with the shampoo.

 

That’s how you get oily hair. No matter what scalp or hair you have, anyone can be affected by dandruff.

 

Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

 

Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil is one of the best active ingredients for scalp and hair health. It is its chemical profile that makes it special. Here are its main components and their effects and benefits:

 

  • 40 – 80% Citronellal.
  • 15 – 25% Citronellol.
  • 1, 8 cineole.
  • Camphene.
  • Linalyl acetate.
  • Ledol.
  • Alpha pinene.

 

Depending on the geographical area where the lemon eucalyptus tree grows, its main constituents may vary. For instance, most lemon eucalyptus trees contain citronellal and citronellol.

 

But others, from India for instance, contain mostly camphene, pinene, and eucalyptol and linalyl acetate. Citronellal and citronellol appear only as traces.

 

The main constituents (citronellal and citronellol) have strong antibacterial and antifungal properties. They can also mildly sedate and soothe itching sensations. They have anti-inflammatory effects and can put an end to the spreading of the fungi on the scalp.

 

A natural hair remedy with Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil can help with the:

 

  • Itching.
  • Scaling.
  • Hair thinning.
  • Dry scalp.
  • Hair breakage.
  • Dandruff.

 

 

Tips for Starting and Maintaining a Good Anti-Dandruff Hair Care Routine

 

1) First, you’ll have to use more natural shampoos and ditch the old, commercial ones. This doesn’t have to be a radical measure, and you can start gradually. Replace the shampoo but keep the conditioner at first, for example. In this conditioner you can add some Lemon Eucalyptus oil to protect the hair.

 

2) If possible, maintain your hair as clean as possible without exaggerating. For instance, you could wash your hair every other day, instead of daily. That’ll significantly reduce the loss of sebum.

 

3) Add Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil in your natural shampoo, or make one yourself. DIY shampoos are always better and gentler with the scalp and hair.

 

4) Avoid applying hair styling products on the roots. If you’re in the habit of applying anti-frizz products, know you can use simple homemade serums too. I’ll give you the recipe for one, and you’ll see how lovely it can smell and how much good it can do your hair.

 

The hair needs all the fatty acids it can find in vegetable oils. Mixing good quality vegetable oils with Lemon Eucalyptus oil will ensure a good health for your hair.

 

5) Apply a nourishing and cleansing hair mask at least once a week. These masks are usually intensive treatments for the scalp and hair at once. They usually help put an end to dandruff and stimulate hair growth. I will also give you a recipe for that.

 

Let’s start with the first natural step… washing the hair.

 

Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

 

1) Natural Shampoo Recipe

You’ll need:

  • Baking soda: 3 tablespoons
  • Peppermint hydrosol: 2 tablespoons
  • Almond oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Castille liquid soap: 1 Oz (30 ml)
  • Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 20 – 30 drops

 

Mix all these ingredients together and shake well before each use. Apply on the scalp and hair length and gently massage it all over and into the scalp. Wait for a few minutes before rinsing it out.

 

You could continue washing your body with the shampoo on and when you’re ready, wash the shampoo off. Rinse well with lukewarm water.

 

This recipe will gradually kill the fungus and will restore your scalp to its normal function.

 

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2) Natural Conditioner Recipe

You’ll need:

  • Monoi oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
  • Honey: 2 tablespoons (15 ml)
  • Coconut milk: 2 tablespoons (15 ml)
  • Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 20 drops

 

Monoi oil is Coconut oil infused with Tahitian gardenia (Tiaré) flowers. I chose this oil because it smells absolutely divine! Mix all the ingredients well and shake even better before use. Keep them stored in an old conditioner bottle or whatever works for you.

 

Apply a moderate amount on the length of the hair, insisting on the ends. Wait at least 5 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

 

Your hair will feel smooth, silky and it will shine like you won’t believe it.

 

 

3) Anti-Frizz Serum

You’ll need:

  • Coconut oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 10 drops
  • Vanilla extract: 2 – 3 drops

 

Coconut oil melts at a temperature higher than 25 degrees Celsius (77F). Melt it a bit if necessary and add the essential oils while stirring well. Apply a small amount on the ends and a bit higher. This serum will smell amazing and it will smooth your rebel hair.

 

 

4) Anti-Split Ends Serum

You’ll need:

  • Argan oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
  • Lemon Eucalyptus oil: 10 – 15 drops
  • Vitamin E: 6 – 8 capsules (drops)

 

If you use vitamin E capsules, break them into the mixture of oils. Then stir and shake well before application. Apply on the split ends after each wash or every 5 days until the situation is remedied. You can continue by applying this serum every once a week.

 

 

5) Nourishing Mask for the Scalp

You’ll need:

  • Olive oil: 3 tablespoons
  • Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 10 drops

 

Depending on your hair length, you can add more or less vegetable oil.

 

Mix the oils well and apply all over the scalp and hair. Massage it well into the scalp and leave it on for at least an hour. Wear a shower cap if you have one. You can also use a plastic bag.

 

Optionally, you could also wrap a hot towel over your shower cap or bag. Heat is known to open up the cuticles, thus the oils will be absorbed better.

 

Make sure you wash your hair really well by shampooing even 3 times if necessary. Once the hair squeaks, it means it’s clean. Once the oils are off and your hair dry, the hair will feel very light, shiny and beautiful.

 

It’ll be easy to comb and style and it’ll have more natural body. This mask can help kill the dandruff-causing fungus and nourish the scalp, putting an end to the dryness. You can apply it once a week or twice a week at the beginning. The scalp will gradually stop itching and flaking.

 

Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

 

6) Anti-Dandruff Mask

You’ll need:

  • Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 10 drops
  • Tea Tree essential oil: 10 drops
  • Sesame oil: 2 – 4 tablespoons

 

This mask is great for oily hair and scalp and against dandruff. All the ingredients are known antibacterials that can lock the moisture in the hair cuticle. In other words, this mask will soothe all the itching, irritation and flaking.

 

It’ll also help with the dry scalp. You can apply it as often as you like, but at least once a week at first. Keep it in for at least one hour before washing it off.

 

 

7) Hair Growth Mask

You’ll need:

  • Castor oil: 2 teaspoons
  • Olive oil: 2 teaspoons
  • Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 10 drops
  • Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops

 

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Blend all the ingredients well and apply all over the scalp and hair. Keep it up wrapped in a shower cap for at least 1 hour, and rinse very well afterwards.

 

Nourished hair can grow faster because it has all the nutrients it needs. Hair grows faster in the summer, so apply as many masks for hair growth as you can during that time.

 

 

Did You Know?

  • There are hundreds of varieties of eucalypt trees. Their number is somewhere close to 900 different species, and most of them are native to Australia.

 

 

Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Facts, Types and Safe Use

 

This aromatic essence is very affordable and accessible all year round. And now that you know all the good things it can do for your hair, aren’t you glad you can use it anytime? I know I love all the essential oils that can deal with my oily scalp, and Lemon Eucalyptus is among the best.

 

The interesting fact is that more than half the varieties of eucalyptus trees are native to Australia. They also grow in Tasmania, India and South America. Many of the trees were acclimatized in the Mediterranean region and North America as well.

 

Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Even koalas love eucalyptus trees!

 

Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil is extracted through steam distillation. They use the aromatic leaves (and twigs) of the evergreen tree for the extraction.

 

Since there are almost 900 different varieties of Eucalypti, there are many varieties of Eucalyptus essential oils too. The most common ones are Eucalyptus Globulus, Radiata, Macarthurii, and of course Citriodora.

 

They are not to be confused among themselves! Each variety is different in chemical composition and in benefits. For instance, Macarthurii is the only one recommended to use on small children as well.

 

However, all the varieties have a good synergy so they work well mixed together. They do have similar benefits, but neither should be substituted for the other.

 

It takes between 800 grams and 1 kilo of lemon-scented eucalyptus leaves and twigs to yield 10 ml of essential oil!

 

Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil has been found as effective as Amikacin or Piperacilin. They are two strong antibiotics that can kill many strains of viruses, bacteria and fungi.

 

Be careful thoug! This essential oil can be very sedating even in moderate quantities. Always use the recommended dose, and start gradually, with 3 drops/Oz carrier oil.

 

 

Safety Words

 

  • Never apply the oil undiluted on the skin because it can be sensitizing and irritating. Mix it with carriers, bath salts, honey or milk first, depending on the purpose.
  • Test the oil for allergic reactions! Place a diluted drop on the inside of your forearm and watch it for a few hours.
  • It can be too strong for sensitive skin types, so start very low (1 drop only).
  • Don’t use on children younger than 6 years old.
  • Do not take the oil of Lemon Eucalyptus internally, especially not without medical consent.
  • If you’re pregnant or nursing, avoid its use for the first trimester at least. Consult your doctor for further instructions.

 

 

Conclusion

Dandruff may be difficult to treat but it is not impossible. In this article you have some really useful blends and tips for that purpose. They show you how to maintain your hair and scalp free of dandruff and other associated problems.

 

By taking care of this problem, you’ll also help your hair grow again and become stronger. Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil is one of the best active ingredients for hair care. It is natural and it can also benefit the mood and brain, besides all its other benefits.

 

How do you feel about it so far? Have you ever tried it or is it something you want to try? If you do try it soon, I’d very much like to know about the results you got.

 

 

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