One of the most prominent uses of rosemary is for better hair growth and quality. Check this DIY recipe of a rosemary hair rinse that can reduce dandruff, give your hair a nice shine, and improve its density. Also see in which other ways rosemary can be used for hair growth.
Rosemary, a fragrant pot herb, has been known for its use in households, by athletes, and also for multiple health benefits. But what we will discuss here is its association with hair growth.1 Rosemary contains certain organic compounds that help to stimulate your scalp circulation, which in turn promotes new and faster hair growth.
Rosemary also helps condition your hair, making it really shiny, and helps with scalp health by relieving itchy dry scalp and dandruff.2 One of the easiest ways to capture these benefits is to make a herbal hair tea or herbal hair rinse.
Rosemary plants have many phytochemicals that constitute potential sources of natural compounds such as phenolic diterpenes, flavonoids, phenolic acids, and essential oils. About 90% of its antioxidant activity is attributed mainly to a high content of non-volatile components ascarnosic acid, carnosol (phenolic diterpenes), and rosmarinic acid.3 These phytochemicals in rosemary helps promote new hair growth, are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and give a shine to your hair.
How To Make Rosemary Hair Rinse
- Boil 4 cups of water and place it in vessel of choice (french press or tea pot).
- Add rosemary to the water (fresh, dried, or rosemary essential oil).
- Allow it to infuse (steep) for at least 30 minutes. You could even allow this to steep overnight if desired.
- Strain the herbs and allow the remaining water to cool.
- Add vinegar and stir to combine.
- Store the rinse in the refrigerator.
Instructions For Usage
Pour the cool rosemary water over freshly shampooed hair, massage it on the roots for a few minutes, and rinse to condition the scalp and nourish the hair.
Add 1–2 tbsp of vinegar to the rinse. The vinegar also rids your hair and scalp of any leftover residue from styling gels or soap-based shampoos.
Other Ways To Use Rosemary
- Have a hot oil treatment with rosemary essential oil.
- Massage with rosemary essential oil.
- Mix it with shampoo.
- Consume rosemary green tea.
References [ + ]
|1.||↑||Al-Sereiti, M. R., K. M. Abu-Amer, and P. Sen. “Pharmacology of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Linn.) and its therapeutic potentials.” Indian journal of experimental biology 37 (1999): 124-130.|
|2.||↑||Galcerá, Francesc Casadó. “Hair lotion useful for treatment of hair loss and stimulating hair growth.” U.S. Patent 6,447,762, issued September 10, 2002.|
|3.||↑||Erkan, Naciye, Guler Ayranci, and Erol Ayranci. “Antioxidant activities of rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis L.) extract, blackseed (Nigella sativa L.) essential oil, carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid and sesamol.” Food Chemistry 110, no. 1 (2008): 76-82.|