Over the years, rosemary has been known as a culinary ingredient and a healing herb. However, in the recent years, there have been consistent claims that the oil extracted from the rosemary plant is great for hair growth.
According to a journal of biomedical science, 2019, the Rosemary is a medicinal plant native of the Mediterranean region and cultivated around the world. The aromatic evergreen shrub with leaves similar to hemlock needles can withstand cool climates, and droughts. The rosemary botanical name is (salvia rosmarinus). Rosemary plant has been used as a food and medicine for years. It is a member of the mint family. The shrub is also related to basil, marjoram and oregano.
Is Rosemary Oil good for Natural Hair Growth?
There are a number of benefits derived from using Rosemary on natural hair. Rosemary can be used as an oil or the whole plant can be used in DIY hair care remedies such as tea rinses or hair masks. In this article we will explore how to use the oil to promote healthy natural hair growth.
Below are the benefits of using Rosemary Oil on natural hair:
- The oil has anti-inflammatory properties, promotes nerve growth and improves blood circulation ensuring that hair follicles have a constant supply of blood. Additionally it ensures that they remain healthy and do not die off leading to hair loss.
- Rosemary oils are also known to prevent premature graying and dandruff. Research has found that rosemary contains carsonic acid which helps in rejuvenating nerve in the skin and in this case the scalp which in turn helps in restoration of healthy natural hair.
- Most recent studies indicate that rosemary helps protect against hair loss. In one study, Rosemary’s effectiveness in treating hair loss was weighed against minoxidil also known as Rogaine. The study which was used on both male and female subjects showed that rosemary was more effective in treating an itchy scalp and hair loss more effectively than minoxodil. This is mainly due to its circulation improvement abilities. According a 2012 study conducted on mice, rosemary was also found to be effective in promoting hair growth in hair inhibited by testerone.
How to use Rosemary Oil for natural hair growth
If you’re looking into hair restoration, there are several ways that rosemary oils can be used effectively.
1. Massage directly into the scalp
Take a few drops of the essential oil and massage evenly into the scalp. You can mix rosemary oils with other carrier oils such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. Rinsing out the hair is optional, after allowing it to sit in for 10-15 minutes to allow the oils to effectively rejuvenate the hair.
2. Mix it into your store-bought shampoo & conditioner
Rosemary Oil is versatile enough and can easily be mixed into a shampoo or a conditioner. It is important to play it safe and keep it at a neutral level. Do not add too much or too little. Keep to about five drops per ounce of product. Afterwards, use the product as usual. Alternatively, you can add 2 to 3 drops directly to any hair product or into your palm before use.
3. Add it to your homemade shampoo
For those who love homemade hair recipes, we all know how essential it is to play around with available home products to make healthy hair care products. For example, there are many online recipes for a homemade shampoo base that will work wonders on your mane. Try mixing baking soda, coconut oil, rosemary oils together with other essential oils.
4. Hair mask
Use two 2 table spoons of bentonite clay, 4 drops of rosemary oil and rosewater to make a paste. Apply on freshly washed hair making sure that all the hair remains coated. Leave for 20 -30 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
5. Pre poo treatment
Add 2 table spoons of coconut oil, I table spoon of honey and 2 drops of rosemary oil. Mix and coat your hair to the roots. Cover the head and leave it overnight or two to three hours before shampooing. Visit this article to learn more on the benefits of pre-pooing natural hair
6. Use it in Oil blends
Rosemary is an excellent essential oil to add to your different oil blends to solve various natural hair problems such as an itchy scalp. You can learn how to DIY Oil blends from this article.
Extraction of Rosemary Oil
Cold pressing and steam distillation are the most common ways of extraction for essential oils. These ways of extraction are complex and require special apparatus which may not be easily available. Rosemary oil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves and the stem of the plant.
If you would like to extract/infuse rosemary at home, you can follow the method below:
- If working with fresh rosemary, allow it to dry out in a warm, dark place for several hours.
- Make sure the herb has lost most of its moisture and avoid contamination.
- Strip the leaves from the woody stalks of your dried rosemary.
- If using a double-boiler, fill the bottom pot with water and add two to three ounces of rosemary leaves to the upper vessel.
- Cover with two cups of Grapeseed oil. Simmer on low heat for three hours.
- If using a Crockpot, combine the rosemary leaves with the grape seed oil and heat on the lowest setting for three hours.
- Strain the oil into a clean, sterilized glass jar. Seal and set aside in a cool, dark place.
Caution when using Rosemary Oil on Natural Hair
- Avoid eye contact. While there is a world of benefits to reap from this essential oil, it is also known to cause eye irritation. If eye contact occurs, rinse it out quickly with water.
- It is important to ensure that you do not apply too much of the oil on the scalp as this may also irritate the skin. Although there is no major health danger paused by this, the irritation may cause disturbance. To dilute this effect, rosemary oil can be mixed with other carrier oils before application.
- Lastly, pregnant and lactating women need to consult a doctor before using the rosemary essential oil.
I hope you found the information in this article useful. Have you used Rosemary in your hair care before? How was your experience? You can share your experiences in the comments below.