The essential oils extravaganza goes on this week with a brief post on rosemary oil hair benefits. I am excited for this post as clients always comment on what an amazing job rosemary oil has done to their hair. Its earthy, minty aroma is an extra perk to the hair care routine, as it will lift your spirits and rejuvenate your senses.
Rosemary Oil Hair Benefits
The properties of rosemary oil for hair are not beneficial merely for aesthetic reasons, but they are also beneficial for the health of your scalp and preventing hair loss. Rosemary oil has been used for hail care since antiquity as rosemary was easy to find in the mediterranean region, often being a house garden herb.
To this day, rosemary oil is extensively used on skin and hair as a great moisturizing agent and for its antiseptic qualities. Another advantage for choosing to use rosemary oil for your hair is that you can actually grow rosemary at home, so as to make your own rosemary oil, or even use it as an ingredient in your cooking (it does work wonders on white meats, like chicken or fish)!
Rosemary grows all year round and it’s very resistant to the cold New York weather. You can plan it in window boxes at your apartment and as a bonus, it’ll keep the mosquitos out during the summer. Depending on how much space you’ll give it in a flower pot, it will grow into a small bush quite fast and without any care on your part. You just plant it and forget about it until needed.
How to Make Rosemary Oil for Hair
Now, it might be relatively time consuming to turn rosemary into rosemary oil, but you won’t regret it! It is great quality wise and it is a home remedy that you made from scratch on your own.
- 1 cup of rosemary leaves
- 1 cup of olive oil
- If you haven’t done so already, separate the leaves from the stems.
- Put the rosemary leaves in a jar large enough to hold them.
- Pour olive oil in the jar until the rosemary leaves are completely covered.
- Place the jar in a sunny spot for about 1 month.
- Shake the jar every day to make sure the rosemary and olive oil are well mixed.
- After 1 month, open the jar and strain the ingredients.
You can buy rosemary plants from your local florist and stores like Home Depot, or you can use packaged rosemary from a grocery store. If you find that rosemary oil production is too time consuming for you, you can always buy it ready from your local natural grocery store or online.
How to Create Your Own Rosemary Oil Hair Treatment
A great idea to take advantage of rosemary oil hair benefits is to add rosemary oil to haircare products you are already using like shampoos, hair conditioners, rinses and lotions. Rosemary oil can be used alongside your regular products to nourish and condition hair, or it can be rubbed into the scalp on a regular basis to stimulate hair growth. Moreover, you can combine rosemary oil with other essential oils to treat dull hair and scalp problems.
Rosemary Oil Hair Mask
For this luscious mask you will need:
- 2 oz. sweet almond oil
- 0.5 oz avocado oil
- 1 tps. wheat germ oil
- 0.5 tps. lecithin
- 15 drops of rosemary oil
You can purchase all of these ingredients from organic food stores such as Whole Foods.
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and stir until the mixture is well combined. Apply the mixture to your hair, with emphasis to the tips, unless you also want to treat your scalp for dryness. Cover your hair with a shower cup and heat it up with a blowdryer. Leave the treatment on for approximately 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition thoroughly so that you remove excessive oil and residue. You can also warm up the oil mixture before application using a pot of warm water, which will serve as a hot bath for the bowl that carries the rosemary oil mixture.
Finally, to help your hair grown and to keep it smelling great boil some rosemary leaves in water and use the rosemary tea to mist your hair every morning. Indulge in a rosemary oil hair treatment and enjoy shiny, rejuvenated tresses!