The rosemary plant is a very common ingredient in cooking. It’s a very aromatic herb with needle like leaves. It’s used it in marinades, bread, soups, potatoes, pasta and sauces. The leaves are stripped from the stem and then chopped finely for use.
Rosemary oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the plant. The smell of the oil is much more pungent than the leaves and smells very herby in a good way. Rosemary oil has palliative, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties similar to peppermint oil.
Rosemary oil works in the same way as peppermint oil helping to relieve scalp issues and stimulate hair growth when used as a scalp massage oil. In 2002, Francesc Casadó Galcerá patented a hair and scalp lotion, which included rosemary, hops, and swertia. He found that his invention increased hair growth rate by over 20%. You can read about the full study HERE.
3 Best Ways to Use Rosemary Oil for Hair
- Make a targeted oil mix containing 5 – 10 drops rosemary oil, Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO) or clear castor oil and coconut oil and use for hot oil treatments once a week.
- Make a scalp massage oil combining 5 – 10 drops rosemary oil, , Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO) or clear castor oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, neem oil and calendula oil. You can read my earlier article about effective scalp massaging HERE.
- If you are protective styling, feel free to include is as part of your refreshing spray. There’s a basic recipe you can build on HERE.
In addition to hair growth, rosemary oil helps with mental clarity and acuity. The best way I utilize this is by using a few drops of rosemary essential oil in a diffuser every evening. Very relaxing to the senses.
Rosemary essential oil blends well with peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil. Always purchase therapeutic grade essential oils. If you are pregnant or taking medication, please consult your physician before you start using essential oils.
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