Rosemary is a lovely smelling oil that’s usually used for cooking or for skin care. However, it’s also a good oil to use in your hair, and I’ll share with you why that is.
What Is Rosemary?
This is an aromatic plant whose dried leaves are often used as a seasoning. The delightful scent of rosemary makes it a popular choice for essential oil, and just a little bit of this oil spread in key locations can serve as a fragrance.
Rosemary grows in a bush, and the flowers can be pink, blue, or purple. The leaves look like pine needles, and the plant actually smells a bit like pine as well. Rosemary isn’t part of the pine family, however, though it is a perennial evergreen.
Instead, it belongs to the same family as mint and sage- Lamiaceae. Many people plant rosemary as an ornamental addition to their garden, loving the smell it adds to their outdoor space. I prefer rosemary for its beauty benefits, though, and I want to talk to you about why you should be using rosemary in your hair.
Rosemary Oil for Hair
There are numerous benefits of rosemary for your skin, and I could go on and on about them in a separate article, if I were so inclined. I’m going to limit my focus to the hair here, though, discussing the various benefits of rosemary oil for hair.
Rosemary soothes the scalp, which helps with inflammation and itchiness. If you want your scalp to feel less irritated, try rubbing it with a little rosemary oil.
By cutting down on inflammation, rosemary oil also helps to prevent hair loss. You can use it as a preventative or start regularly applying rosemary once you realize you have a hair loss issue.
People who use rosemary oil in their hair tend to notice hair growth improvement. The results can be pretty astounding, with some seeing an improvement in hair growth by as much as 22%. If you are experiencing a condition known as androgenetic alopecia, rosemary oil can help with hair growth in that case too.
Rosemary oil is simply good for your hair, making it stronger and healthier. It nourishes the hair so that it is more elastic and able to withstand more abuse without suffering permanent damage.
You can use this oil to keep your hair youthful looking too, since rosemary oil is good at preventing hair from turning grey. It is most effective early on, just as the hair is beginning to grey.
If you would like healthier hair, then try rosemary oil to improve circulation to your scalp. Rosemary oil boosts blood flow and gives the hair follicles a free flow of nutrients. That makes for healthier, more vibrant hair.
How to Make Rosemary Oil for Hair
You can make your own hair treatment at home with rosemary essential oil. Let me share with you one of the better methods I have found and one that gives me great results with my hair.
Rosemary oil should be mixed with a carrier oil of some kind. They ought to be mixed at a ratio of 1:2, using twice as much carrier oil as rosemary. In essential oil form, rosemary oil is quite potent, so you won’t need much of it for it to work.
If you are wondering what to mix with rosemary oil, you can simply combine it with olive or almond oil for good results. Any basic carrier oil will do, and you don’t have to be too picky, as long as it is not something that could be damaging to your hair or that you have an allergic reaction to.
How to make rosemary oil for hair growth? The combination I gave you above works great for growing hair and rejuvenating your scalp. If you just apply a little bit of the oil to your scalp before you go to bed, the oil can work its magic overnight. It will saturate your hair and be absorbed into the skin.
In the morning, you can wash off the combination of rosemary oil and carrier oil in the shower, using shampoo to get rid of any greasiness. You should not leave it in any longer than that, though, since the oil can start to go rancid after a while. Washing it out in the morning after applying the oil at night gives you a safe window to work with and ensures that the rosemary oil has time to provide its beneficial effects.
How to Make Rosemary Oil for Hair with Dried Rosemary
I showed you how to make a rosemary oil for your hair with essential rosemary oil, but could you use dried rosemary to the same effect? You actually can make rosemary oil this way that will work well in your hair, but it will take a while.
Just combine dried rosemary with a carrier oil (same rules as above) and place that in a canning jar. Then, set that jar in the sunshine to become a usable oil. The infusing process works with dried rosemary that you bought packaged and pre-dried or that you dried yourself from fresh rosemary.
The infusing can take several weeks. Be sure to shake the jar every so often for best results.
How to Make Rosemary Oil for Hair Loss
If you are experiencing hair loss, there is good news for you, and using rosemary oil can help with that. It has been known to regrow hair and prevent more hair from falling out, even in people who have medical conditions that cause the hair loss.
You just need to apply the rosemary oil (mixed with a carrier oil) to the scalp overnight. Make sure you apply it all across the scalp so that it can nourish and improve blood flow to the skin there.
It will take some time for you to see any change, but in time, the rosemary oil will take effect and improve hair growth, bringing in air that is strong and healthy. It will prevent more hair from falling out and boost the elasticity and durability of the hair that is there.
Just be sure to wash out the rosemary oil and carrier oil mixture in the morning, using shampoo to clean it off effectively. If you use this method regularly, you should see a change in the way your hair looks and in the amount of hair loss you are experiencing. How effective your results will be will vary from one person to the next, but you should see improvement no matter what.
What to Mix with Rosemary Oil for Hair
Rosemary oil is very effective at treating and rejuvenating your hair. It gives the hair and the scalp nourishment so that they are healthier and more youthful looking. You do need to be careful about what you choose to mix with the rosemary oil, if you are going to be using it on your skin.
Choose a carrier oil that will not harm your hair or your skin. Make sure that what you choose is not something that you will have an allergic reaction to.
Basic carrier oils that work well with rosemary oil for hair health include almond, olive, jojoba, coconut, and just about anything that comes from a nut or seed. These tend to be oils that offer their own beneficial effects for your hair as well.
I’m Jennifer a beauty and wellness expert. I believe in promoting a sustainable and healthy lifestyle from within. Helping people feel good is my passion; whether it’s teaching yoga or offering skincare advice.