Rosemary grows in bush form with long, thin needle-like leaves. The oil has been used as an antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant. It is known to relieve rheumatic and muscle pain, relax nerves, improves digestion and appetite and increases sweating (Source). When it comes to hair care, rosemary’s antiseptic and astringent properties clean the scalp gently, relieves irritation and increases circulation to the scalp which encourages hair growth.
Incorporating rosemary into your hair regimen is fairly easy, the dried herbs or the oil can be used in a variety of ways.
Final Rinse : Allow the dried leaves to steep in boiling water for at least 20 minutes and cool. Sift out the leaves and after shampooing and conditioning, pour your rosemary “tea” over your hair as a final rinse. (final rinse means don’t rinse it out) If you are so inclined, follow with a scalp massage. You can see Mo doing a final rinse with lavender and rosemary in this video.
Massage Oil : Mix a few drops of rosemary essential with a carrier oil (olive, jojoba, grapeseed, castor) and use to massage the scalp.
Moisturizing Spray: Add a few dried leaves OR a few drops of oil to your moisturizing spray. You may want to store this in the fridge to preserve freshness, and don’t forget to seal!
You can also add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner on your next wash day. We advise putting it in the bottle and potentially changing the composition of the product, simply scoop some out and mix before applying to your hair.
So, what do you think? Will you be adding rosemary to your natural hair care regimen?