Considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Hebrews rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is much more than an aromatic herb that tastes good on potatoes and roasted lamb. It’s also one of the most powerful herbs and essential oils on the planet.
Rosemary contains ursolic acid which helps to increase scalp circulation – this means more oxygen and nutrients will be sent right to your hair follicles, and that in-turn promotes healthy hair growth. This aromatic herb has been traditionally known to darken gray and also slow the appearance of grey hairs. Due to its high antioxidant content, it scavenges free radicals and hydrogen peroxide, which are responsible for greying as well as hair thinning. Rosemary also revitalizes hair, removes product/cal build up to leave your hair shiny and soft.
Rosemary has a woody, evergreen like scent and is part of the mint family. In recent research, it’s been shown to boost nerve growth factor and support the healing of neurological tissue and brain function.
Native to the Mediterranean, the wooded evergreen has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years to:
- Improve memory
- Soothe digestive uses
- Relieve muscle aches and pains
More recently, it has become a popular ingredient in many skin and hair care products due to its antiseptic properties and researchers are starting to dig deeper into its medicinal characteristics.In recent years, there have been claims that the oil may be great for hair growth. Some say it could even prevent hair loss, pointing to Mediterranean cultures’ use of rosemary in hair rinses to promote hair growth for hundreds of years as supporting evidence.
When applied over the scalp rosemary essential oil helps stimulate hair growth. Many people also claim that it can prevent baldness, slows graying, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp. After testing a hair lotion that he patented, Francesc Casadó Galcerá found that a mixture of hops, rosemary, and swertia and found some pretty remarkable results:
- A 22.4% increase in new hair growth.
- An increase in “rapid” hair growth.
- An increase in microcirculation of the scalp, which promotes healing.
- An improvement in the ability of hair to resist traction.
- A decrease in hair loss after shampooing.
This recipe is very easy to make. All you need is rosemary and water. You can also add other herbs such as thyme, lavender flowers or marshmallow root for extra boost.
- 2 tablespoons fresh Rosemary leaves or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary leaves
- 2 cups Water
- 1 tablespoon fresh Thyme or 1/2 tablespoon dried rthyme leaves ( stimulates hair follicles and adds luster to your hair)
- 2 teaspoons fresh Lavender or 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers (balances scalp oils)
- 1 tablespoon fresh Sage leaves or 1/2 tablespoon dried age leaves ( helps darken greying hair and promotes healthy scalp)
- 1 tablespoon Marshmallow rooth (conditions, moisturises and helps with detangling)
- 1 teaspoon almond or argan oil (useful for dry hair)
Bring the water to a boil, then add rosemary leaves (and thyme, lavender flower or marshmallow root). Then reduce the heat, and simmer, covered – to avoid the loss of volatile oils in the steam – for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it sit in the pot to cool. The water will turn a dark brown. You may see an oil film on the surface, and that’s ok – it’s the rosemary oil. Strain out the rosemary, then add the lavender essential oil (if using) and stir to combine.
Use as a final rinse over the hair. Slowly pour the rinse over your hair and catch the drippings in the mug/pot and keep pouring them through your hair until they are all used. Massage the infusion into your scalp and hair and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly, or you can simply leave it on until the next wash. This stimulating rinse will help condition both hair and scalp.
Tip: You can use squeeze/applicator bottle for easy pouring.