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Rosemary for Hair

Rosemary has been used for thousands of years as a scalp and hair treatment. It is traditionally known to slow the appearance of grey hairs, to help curly hair, and to low-light the darker hair pigments. You can dye your hair dark using a combination of black walnut hull and rosemary. It has also been used to treat dandruff, and to give hair a nice glossy look. Its anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties can easily explain its use as a dandruff treatment. Rosemary is known to increase circulation in the body, and the increased circulatory effects to the scalp could explain a lot of the benefits we see for healthy happy hair.

There are several ways rosemary can be used to enhance your hair and scalp health.

Rosemary Hair Oil

Rosemary hair oil is the perfect treatment for any hair. This formula is designed specifically to nourish the hair and scalp. It is a wonderful treatment for dandruff and dry hair.



Put the herbs into a glass mason jar or a medium sized pyrex measuring bowl and cover with the oils. Place the glass jar or bowl into a pot of water, using the “double boiler method” and turn the pot of water on medium low. This applies heat to the oils and herbs and allows them to infuse without getting too hot. Allow the herbs and oils to infuse for 4-6 hours, mixing occasionally. Strain out the herbs, squeezing out all the essential volatile oils, and store your oil in a clean, dry, lidded glass jar.


Place all of the dried herbs into a glass mason jar. Melt the coconut oil and pour the oils on top of the herbs. Put a lid on the jar and shake it well. Place the jar in a sunny, warm, but not too hot window to infuse with the assistance of the solar rays. Let them sit for 4-6 weeks shaking daily. Strain out the herbs, squeezing out all the essential volatile oils, and store your oil in a clean, dry, lidded glass jar.

When the oil is done, use 1-2 tablespoons and place it on your scalp near the roots. Brush it through your hair from the scalp to the tips. If you have long hair or split ends you may need to use additional oil on the ends. Wrap your hair in a towel and let sit for 15-30 minutes. Wash your hair 2-3 times to remove the oil. Dry and style hair as normal and enjoy!

*Note* You may experience oily hair that first day, just wash your hair again the following day and it should be back, nicely moisturized, and healthier than ever.

Rosemary Herbal Shampoo

Rosemary is a wonderful addition to shampoo. You can either add the essential oil to an unscented, natural shampoo, or you can make your very own (see my Easy Natural DIY Shampoo recipe and Homemade Anti-Dandruff Shampoo recipe!). Rosemary in the shampoo can help invigorate the mind and increase memory and focus as the subtle aroma wafts around you throughout the day. I also love rosemary in shampoo for men because it has a nice herbaceous smell that isn’t at all reminiscent of flowers.



  • Combine the ingredients in a bottle and shake vigorously before each use. Use as you normally would in the shower.
  • The glycerin in the shampoo is there to add a nice foamy feel, like you would get from a normal shampoo. If you don’t mind not having that foamy feel, you can use water instead.
  • Some people prefer less castile soap, as it can leave hair feeling oily. In this case experiment cutting the amount of soap and replacing it with water until you find the ratio that works best for you.

Rosemary Hair Rinse – Simple Infusion

This is the simplest way to use a rosemary hair rinse to make your hair shiny and smooth, without a lot of fuss.



Pour the boiling water over the rosemary leaves, cover, and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the herbs. Let it cool to warm, but not hot, while still covered. Once the water is a suitable temperature hold your head over a bowl and pour the rosemary infusion over your hair. Take the water from the bowl, pour it back in a glass, and pour it over your hair again. Keep doing that until there is no more rosemary infusion left. This is best done right after a shower when your hair is already wet.

Rosemary Vinegar Hair Rinse

This is the perfect hair treatment for hair that needs a little extra love. It can also be used as a replacement for conditioner. This is wonderful for the “poo free” method, or to use after a homemade shampoo.



  • Place the dried herbs in a sterile glass jar and cover with apple cider vinegar. Top off after a day or two after the herbs absorb some of the ACV.
  • Shake the jar daily for two weeks and allow the herbs to infuse into the vinegar.
  • After two weeks strain the herbs from the vinegar and store it in a lidded glass jar, out of direct sun light.

To rinse hair, use 1-2 Tbsp of the herbal vinegar in 1 Cup of water, along with the essential oil if you chose to use it. This is best in a bottle with a lid that is easily applied to the scalp. After washing your hair, pour the vinegar onto the scalp and rub it in vigorously. This can be left in the hair, or rinsed out at the end of the shower. The vinegar smell will dissipate once the hair is dry, leaving nice healthy looking locks.


Using rosemary for hair is a fantastic way to enhance your natural color, ease itchy dry scalp, and bring  some body and life back into your hair.

About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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13 Responses to Rosemary for Hair – Hair Oil, Shampoo, and Rinse with Rosemary

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  3. meital says:

    What a great and useful post! I love the recipes, I’m going to make the shampoo today…thank you!

  4. Karen says:

    This sounds great, my only concern would be the vinegar smell staying in my hair. I guess I could try it on a weekend. Great blog, good info!

  5. Elise Miller says:

    Very much interested to try this one! Looks like it’s a great idea to pamper my hair this weekend 🙂

  6. Sarah says:

    Amanda, I just found this post and I have to say THANK YOU! I tried the rosemary water rinse and absolutely love my hair!! Thanks for doing the research and sharing it.

    You and your baby are adorable! And congrats- having babies after being labeled “infertile” is awesome!!! 🙂


  7. Malika says:

    Rosemary oil is not only great for hair growth but also for indigestion, increase menstrual flow, blood circulation and to relieve muscle pain.

  8. Thanks, Amanda. Very much interested to try this one when read this article! I hope it works for me too

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  10. Hair care says:

    I like using a very simple hair mask with olive oil. Spread 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil on my hair and comb your hair carefully. Wait for about 30 minutes, then use your hands to massage the hair gently for 1-2 minutes. Wash off with water. That’s all. I apply this 2 times per week.

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