Rosemary oils and rinses have been used for generations to sooth scalp conditions, eradicate flakes, eliminate dryness, condition hair and for hair growth. Rosemary is a stimulating herb, and is often used to stimulate hair roots and scalp to foster faster growing hair and more length.It is also rumored to naturally darken hair, so its wonderful for keeping gray hair at bay without dyes or chemicals.
My grandmother used the simple recipe I am about to share with you on her hair until the day she died at 92. Her hair had hardly any gray, was down to her bust in length, looked lustrous and healthy, and felt soft to the touch. So I know that this works for hair growth and grayness! I fault myself for forgetting about this and other treatments shown me by my grandmothers, but I’m working hard to remember them and I’ll be posting them on the site for you.
Rosemary is a bushy evergreen herb that can take over a space, growing as high as six feet if cared for and pruned properly. The bush contains leaves that are stiff and spikey in appearance with a distinctive smell.
I have a rosemary bush on my patio that I use for cooking and to make rosemary infused olive oil. Rsemary is frequently used by herbalists for problems related to the gall bladder and the liver. It is also used as an antiseptic for treating flus and other viruses like colds. Poultices made with rosemary are rumored to sooth sore muscles, rheumatism pain and arthritis in joints, especially if accompanied by massage with rosemary oil.
Even the medical community is in agreement that rosemary works. WebMD says “Rosemary is possibly effective for hair loss, in combination with thyme, lavender, and cedarwood. There is some evidence that after 7 months of treatment, this combination improves hair growth in 44% of people who try it.”
Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth
Rosemary blends very well with other plants in the mint family as it is. It is especially beneficial when mixed with basil, bergamot, juniper, lemon and cedar. Basil is a known scalp and hair follicle stimulant. As such you may notice that your scalp feels tingly and warm after massaging it with rosemary oil… this is normal.
What you Need:
- 1 sterile class jar with air-tight lid
- 1 cup of fresh rosemary leaves (you can add a few fresh basil leaves leaves if you wish or the optional essential oils)
- 2 Tablespoons dried whole rosemary leaves (optional)
- 2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Place the the rosemary in your glass jar. Fill the jar with olive oil so that the rosemary is completely immersed in oil. Shake to mix well. Place the jar outside in direct sun for at least three days, then place jar inside in cool darkened spot so that it steeps for another 2-4 weeks. When the oil is finished steeping for several weeks , strain the leaves from the oil into a dark colored jar with tightly fitted lid.
Store rosemary infused olive oil in a cool, dark place.
Warm small amount of your oil then massage into scalp nightly. Cover your head and allow the oil to soak into your scalp overnight.
Do an oil treatment pre-shampoo to soften and moisturize hair. Apply warmed oil to scalp AND HAIR, gently massaging in. Put hair in a few braids or two strand twists and cover with plastic cap then scarf to keep it on your hair while you sleep. Wash hair in the morning and you’ll see a marked difference in tangling and softness.
Though it has nothing to do with hair, I also use my rosemary oil to cook with. It adds great flavor to sauteed vegetables and grilled meats. Try using some in this spritz designed for hair growth.
Aloe, Rose Water and Rosemary Oil Spritz
There is no real measuring here. Freestyle it! Combine aloe vera juice, rose water, 1 tablespoon rosemary infused olive oil, and optionally 2 drops rosemary extract and 2 drops lavender essential oil in spritzer bottle. Shake and spray onto hair and scalp each morning. Store in refrigerator to prevent growth of bacteria and mold.
About the Author (Author Profile)Blogger, writer, relationships/dating expert, fitness trainer and natural hair enthusiast since 1997. Sharing information from grandmomma, books and scientific journals, as well as my personal discoveries and experiences with natural hair as we journey from relaxers, flat irons and weaves together.
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