It’s easy to buy the most expensive hair products in hopes it’ll help your hair grow healthier and longer. But did you know that they can damage your hair further and its melanin production? Don’t worry though! Rosemary is your natural solution to hair growth problems. Rosemary essential oil for hair growth is one of the most popular ingredients for a proper hair care.
Now, aren’t you curious to find out more about the benefits of Rosemary oil? Lucky for you, I’ve got a lot of good stuff to share about this great natural remedy for a beautiful hair.
In this article, you’ll find lots of interesting things:
- Do essential or carrier oils leave your hair greasy? Find out a detailed answer and put an end to your worries.
- Properties that make the oil good for hair care and details about what the oil does for it.
- Learn how to use it to get longer and silkier hair, and how to darken your hair color naturally. This last benefit may also help in preventing white hairs.
- Masks and blend recipes or tips for each type of benefit this oil has for your hair.
- How to recognize and buy a high-quality Rosemary essential oil.
- Before the conclusion, I’ll give you more facts and details about the oil. If you want to find out more about it, including a few safety words, don’t forget to scroll down until the end.
Practical Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil for Hair Growth
Rosemary is one very popular herb and spice. It’s been used for centuries in cooking, but also as a medicine. It has very good digestive and anti-inflammatory qualities. But this plant is also a very active beauty agent. This article is entirely dedicated to natural and simple hair care.
But how can an oil be good for hair care, right?
Doesn’t that make the hair greasier?
Not really. Rosemary is an essential oil. Chemically speaking, it has a heavier molecular weight than water. This means that all essential oils will float above the water and they will never mix.
However, essential oils don’t contain fatty acids like carrier oils do. What does this mean? It means that a part of Rosemary oil for hair will be absorbed into the skin or scalp. While the other part will simply evaporate. Rosemary essential oil, just like all essential oils are volatile and they evaporate fast.
Using just this aromatic essence on your hair and scalp will not leave any greasy traces. Nonetheless, it is a concentrated essence and it should never be applied undiluted. The best way to dilute or disperse an essential oil is by mixing it with carrier oils, or shampoos and conditioners.
Carriers are very oily, on the skin and hair. But the good news is that they’re very rich in nutrients and essential fatty acids. They are things the skin and hair need to regenerate, maintain hydrated and protected.
Keep some carrier oil on the hair and scalp for only 30 minutes! After rinsing, the hair will be left incredibly soft and silky, easy-to-comb, shiny and strengthened.
The trick is to wash off the blend really well, with shampoo and hot water. From personal experience, I can tell you that the hair is completely clean when it squeaks.
Properties that make Rosemary essential oil great for hair care
It stimulates the circulation
With its stimulant effects, Rosemary oil can improve the blood flow. The oil can also stimulate the production of red blood cells and renew the blood. Blood carries nutrients and oxygen to all the organs, including the hair roots. A better circulation means more nutrition for your hair.
Rosemary oil has antibacterial properties
This is one of the important benefits of Rosemary oil. It can kill bacteria and fungi on the skin and scalp and let the roots extract all the nutrients they need.
Dandruff-causing fungi Malassezia feeds on your hair’s nutrients. It causes the hair to become weak, dehydrated and prone to breakage. Eliminating these bacteria and fungi, your hair can grow stronger and faster.
The oil also has anti-inflammatory qualities
There are many benefits of Rosemary oil for hair. Its anti-inflammatory quality can help the scalp maintain healthy and free of inflammations. Whenever there’s an inflammation in the body or on the skin, the blood will pick it up. Since blood travels all over the body, any inflammation will affect the roots of your hair as well.
Rosemary can also act as an antioxidant
One of its main constituents – 1,8 cineole, has been found to be a strong antioxidant. It makes the oil capable of fighting free radicals and pollution. And our hair and especially the scalp, they’re always exposed to the sun or the environment.
There are a few simple ways to use the oil in your hair care routine. Further on, I will talk about the best practices for each of Rosemary oil’s main benefits. Here we go:
Rosemary Essential Oil for Hair Growth
The first days or weeks of treatment are always the hardest. They require time, patience and dedication.
However, as time goes by and you get used to the routine of your new hair growth treatment, you get to feel more comfortable doing it. It’ll slowly become a good habit for your hair. It’ll soon look amazing.
The trick is to always keep at it. It may sound like a chore, but imagine if you had a pot plant and you would stop watering it. It’ll slowly but surely die. That’s true for your hair also. It needs lots of nutrients that are found in good quality vegetable and essential oils.
As I’ve said before, Rosemary essential oil can stimulate the circulation. A better circulation underneath the scalp will provide a better oxygenation and more nutrients for the hair roots.
They will stimulate the hair to grow stronger and prevent its excessive falling out. It also has antibacterial properties, which will help in combating dandruff.
The aromatic oil of Rosemary is a very powerful essence. It is, therefore, not advised to use it on the scalp undiluted.
The best way to feed your hair the nutrients it needs and to stimulate hair growth is a hot oil mask. Why does it have to be hot? Because heat opens up the hair follicles and the pores of the scalp, and the oils can work on a deeper level.
Rosemary Essential Oil for Hair Growth Recipe
- Rosemary EO: 6 drops
- Coconut oil: 2 teaspoons
- Olive oil: 2 teaspoons
- Honey: 1 teaspoon
Warm the oils and add in the honey and the essential oils. Stir really well and make sure the temperature is not too hot. Apply this blend all over the scalp and the length of your hair. Use gentle massage movements for a better coverage and then raise your hair in a bun.
Cover with a shower cap and keep it on for at least 30 minutes. I always try to keep it on for at least an hour. After that time you should wash your hair really well with a gentle shampoo. Rinse 2 or 3 times to make sure the oils are gone.
The honey will condition your hair and the carriers will feed it the nutrients it needs. Rosemary oil for hair will thus stimulate its growth and kill dandruff-causing fungi. This blend will leave your scalp clear, relieving itchiness and irritation.
Your hair will have more body and it will be easier to comb and style. I will not mention the sheer shininess and smoothness! It’ll be the best thing you could do to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth.
Rosemary Essential Oil for Silky and Shiny Hair
When you wash your hair with commercial products, they will simply remove any and all impurities. They will also dry the hair and strip it of its natural sebum. This sebum protects the hair and nourishes it as best as it can.
Using commercial products for a long time is a sure way to get dry and dull hair, dandruff, split ends, etc.
Give your hair the brilliance and smooth texture you desire! The simplest way of doing it for fast results is to add some drops of Rosemary essential oil for hair growth in your shampoo and conditioner. Ideally, these would be natural or homemade.
If you have a favorite shampoo, however, and you simply don’t want to give it up, you can still enjoy the benefits of Rosemary oil.
Add 4 – 6 drops of aromatic oil into the amount of shampoo you normally use for the length of your hair. I usually mix the oil a bit with my finger and then spread it all over the scalp and hair.
Apply gentle massage movements to stimulate circulation and leave it on for 4 – 5 minutes. Or wait until you’re ready to condition. You can add the same amount of oil to the conditioner and let it work both ways. That way your hair will saturate with the beneficial molecules of Rosemary essential oil.
Another great way of infusing your hair with the benefits of rosemary is to use a hydrosol. Use Rosemary hydrosol (floral water) and spray it all over your wet hair, after your final rinsing.
You could also add a few drops of Rosemary oil into the floral water. Your hair will smell fresh, feel soft and smooth and shine like crazy!
Rosemary Essential Oil for Darker Hair and How to Prevent White Hairs
In one of my previous articles, I was telling you how Cajeput essential oil can help fixate the color of henna. Some essential oils, like Cinnamon, can inhibit the melanin production. Melanin gives the color of your hair and skin. Therefore, Cinnamon essential oil is considered a good skin-whitening agent.
Other essential oils, like Rosemary, can stimulate the melanin production and protect the color of the hair.
The oil’s repeated use will lead to darkening your hair color and covering white hairs also. Because of this fact, Rosemary essential oil should not be used on light colored hair. If however, you don’t mind your hair getting a bit darker, then Rosemary oil for hair growth should be in your hair care routine.
For those of you that do care about their golden tresses and would like to keep their color light, you have a different oil to use. I wrote an article on how to maintain the health and color of blonde hair with Chamomile oil. Do check it out for more details and information if you want.
Concentrated Rosemary Solution for Darker Hair Color
- Rosemary essential oil: 20 drops
- Dried rosemary: 8 teaspoons
- Water: 34 fl. Oz (1 Liter)
Add the herb in boiling water and keep it simmering for 30 minutes. Turn the stove off and let the infusion cool for 3 hours. Strain the infusion and once you made sure the temperature is good for your hand, add the essential oil drops.
Now comes the demanding part. The French recommend rinsing your hair with this infusion 10 – 15 times. This would require the use of a basin, in which to keep the infusion.
Once you’re done rinsing 10 – 15 times, keep your hair like that for 10 more minutes. You can then continue rinsing one more time. This time use cold water to close the cuticles and pores and seal in the properties of the oil and infusion. Ideally, you would let the hair dry naturally.
A more lazy way of coloring your hair this way would be to simply rinse your hair with this infusion every time you wash your hair. It would take a longer time to start seeing results though. One thing is for sure, the benefits of Rosemary oil for hair growth would still do your hair tons of good!
The use of Rosemary oil for hair can:
- Help your hair grow really strong.
- It can also soften the hair and make it shinier.
- Rosemary can stimulate hair growth and maintain the scalp healthy.
- Prevent the premature appearance of white hair.
- Darken your hair color.
How to Recognize the Best Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth
This is quite a topic and there’re many discussions regarding the purity of essential oils. It all starts with what all the American sellers call “therapeutic grade”. You must be aware that this is just a marketing strategy.
There are no actual grades for essential oils or a grading system. If there were, why would anyone try to sell anything less than the best when profit is what they seek?
Aside from that, there is no official body that regulates these standards for essential oils. At best, in the U.S, they’re regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as either cosmetics or drugs.
Whatever the seller’s intent is, they will get the appropriate approval if they meet certain standards. In Europe, there are two big organizations that test and provide directives for essential oils. They’re called AFNOR and ISO.
A good quality Rosemary essential oil for hair growth should have the following information displayed. It should be on the label or under the online product description:
- The oil’s Latin or botanical name. This is the only thing that differentiates between the thousands of plant species out there. Some plant families may have many different plant varieties. This means that each variety will be totally different from one another and will have different therapeutic benefits. (Example: Lavandula angustifolia and latifolia).
- The oil needs to be stored in a dark glass bottle with a dropper.
- You should also find the country of origin there.
- The extraction method should also be mentioned. Essential oils are usually distilled by steam.
- Finally, it should have a good price. You can only find out what that might be after a bit of research and compare. Some oils are rare and cost a lot, while others can be quite affordable.
I hope these directives will help you find the best Rosemary essential oil for hair growth you can find. If you need further details, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or send me an email.
Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits and Other Facts
Rosemary is a Mediterranean spice and herb. It has a very long history and the ancient people revered its powers. They would use it in ceremonies as well as in the preparation of feasts. Also, its therapeutic powers were used to help people regain their health.
Today, the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP) and Commission E – the German FDA, have accepted and recognized the benefits of Rosemary essential oil.
It can be used for all sorts of digestive problems, rheumatism, and circulation. Its external use should be done moderately. The internal use of Rosemary oil should only be done at the recommendation of a doctor.
Here are some of the major benefits of Rosemary essential oil:
- It can strengthen the immune system.
- It can also improve the digestion by stimulating the production of bile.
- The oil can be used against rheumatic and joint pain.
- It can soothe muscular pain as well.
- Rosemary can also help with respiratory issues.
- It can boost memory and balance your emotions.
- The oil can also relieve stress and depression.
A Few Words of Caution
- Rosemary essential oil should not be used by people suffering from epilepsy.
- It is also not recommended to pregnant or nursing women.
- Elderly and children should be kept safe from it too. Unless a doctor says you can use it on them, of course.
- People with liver problems should also use Rosemary oil with care.
- Always use this oil diluted in some fatty substance (carrier, shampoo, milk, etc.)
- Also, test the oil of Rosemary for allergic reactions before widespread use.
Rosemary essential oil is quite impressive. As you’ve noticed, it has some great qualities that make it useful in hair care, among others. If your main concern is stimulating hair growth somehow, then you’ve found your answer.
After using every single method described in this article, I don’t find any of it too demanding. I hope you won’t either.
Almost all its properties are backed up by scientific research, which is always a big plus. Rosemary oil is one of the lucky few that got enough scientific attention. I’m sure there are others like it out there. Until we have the proof, however, it is best to use Rosemary essential oil for hair growth, and silky and darker hair.
What do you think of this oil so far? Will you give it a try? I do hope you’ll let me know about your experience with our oil here, as I’m very curious 🙂