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.
- 1 C Olive Oil (This is the brand I use)
- 1 C Coconut Oil (I use this)
- ½ C Rosemary Leaves (I get mine here)
- ½ C Nettle Leaves (I get mine here)
- ½ C Calendula Flowers (I get mine here)
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.
- 1 C Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap – Unscented (I get mine here)
- 1 C Glycerin (I get mine here)
- 1 Tbsp Oil. You can use the rosemary hair oil, almond, jojoba, fractionated coconut, or olive.
- 15-20 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil (I buy doTERRA but you can also use oils from Mountain Rose Herbs or Essential Oil Exchange). You can use other oils to enhance the benefits of the rosemary like peppermint for dry itchy scalp, or lemon for oily hair. Either way your total drops of essential oil should be between 15-20.
- 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.
- 1 C Boiling water
- 1 Tbsp Rosemary leaf, fresh or dried (I get mine here)
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.
- ½ C Rosemary leaves (I get mine here)
- ½ C Nettle leaf (I get mine here)
- ½ C Peppermint leaf (I get mine here)
- 15-20 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (optional)
- 2 C Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (like this)
- 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.
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