Saturday, 23 May 2009

Rosemary for hair

Before I started this post I just thought from the look of things soon our hair cabinets in the bathroom will resemble the kitchen spice cabinets even more after this post. Apparently, we can use Rosemary to stimulate the hair follicles and hair growth, it's generally believed to slow down or even permanently hold off premature hair loss and gray hair. It heals the scalp of its problems including drandruff. It also helps darken grey hair overtime as confessed by many people though no real scientific evidence has proved this.
If you have blonde or light colored hair you may NOT want to try this recipe as it may darken your hair.
According to the wikipedia: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which also includes many other herbs.The name rosemary has nothing to do with the rose or the name Mary, but derives from the Latin name rosmarinus, which is from "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea" — apparently because it is frequently found growing near the sea.
Here are a few recipes to use rosemary

Rosemary Rinse
put several handfuls of rosemary into a water-filled pot, bring to boil, and gently simmer for about five to 15 minutes. Allow to cool, strain into a clean container, and pour throughout your hair just after shampooing. Due to a very pleasant aroma and strengthening effects of this rosemary rinse, you do not need to wash it off with additional fresh water.
You could use the rosemary rinse after using the honey conditioner ( a recipe for that here)

Rosemary homemade Oil
wash and dry a handful or two of fresh rosemary sprigs, rub them lightly between your palms to release the flavour, and place them in a clean bottle (you can also add several slices of fresh ginger to intensify the flavour and medicinal qualities of rosemary). Pour extra-virgin olive oil
to cover the herbs, seal tightly, and leave in a dark cupboard for at least two weeks. To use, massage some rosemary oil into your scalp and hair and leave overnight for the beneficial particles of olive oil, rosemary, and optional ginger to penetrate deep into your hair roots and shafts. Repeat weekly and watch your hair quickly regaining its strength and vitality!

Dried Rosemary leaves

Rosemary Vinegar

fill a clean jar or bottle with fresh or dry rosemary sprigs and pour raw, unheated apple cider vinegar over the herbs to cover them completely. Seal and leave to infuse for at least a fortnight in a dark place, shaking the jar occasionally. You can store ready rosemary vinegar in a dark cool cabinet or a cellar to undergo further beneficial fermentation. Use weekly to make a hair rinse by mixing several tablespoons of rosemary vinegar with lukewarm water and pouring the mixture onto your scalp and hair. This rosemary remedy has a power to completely rejuvenate weakening hair just within a few months!
It is advisable to infuse rosemary only in raw and, preferably, organic apple cider vinegar of the highest quality you can find. Apple cider vinegar has long been praised for its hair-rejuvenating properties. Combined with rosemary, this vinegar makes a super-remedy for dull, weak, and shedding hair.
The recipes are by Christiana Roberts

Weleda a well known brand offers rosemary hair lotion, I haven't used it yet, but I think it's worth a try

To get more info on using Rosemary here are a few links
Stop Hair loss
Rosemary for you
Rosemary will make your hair grow
A Natural Herb to make your hair grow


  1. Cee,

    Is there something to thicken hair?

    My locks are coming along fine, but I do have naturally thin hair and especially at the front it is thinning a little. My loctician told me I have to use something called 'Wild Hair' to thicken it. Do you know it and is there anything else I can use to thicken my locks?

  2. Hi there Lisa,
    I will check out on the thickening of hair, sometime people used kamino moto a chinese product but I will check it out for you.

  3. Depression and extreme stress are identified as the common causes of hair loss and altogether inadequate hair care, tumors, diseases like seborrheic dermatitis and hypothyroidism, malnutrition et al are certain other factors that contribute to hair loss in both men and women.

  4. Welcome Dr. Williams and thank you very much for the medical explanation behind the hairloss. Hope you will drop by more often to share your educated answers....

  5. A couple of my dreads are seeming to fall out in the back, i have had them for over 3 years and i never had this problem before. I have a small balding spot from where it fell out. what could be causing this?

  6. Hallo Anonymous,
    "Balding" is quite a strong term to use. Do you twist your locks? If you locks are retouched by twisting, it might be that you do it too tightly causing the root hair to break hence the lock becomes loose and falls off. In this case the lock has "undergrowth" so you don't really remain bald.
    Another thing would also be if you hold you locks too tight, it causes the same thing.
    If it is actually balding ie where you loose the lock and it leaves a space that is as smooth as ur face with no hair growing anymore, then I would suggest you visit a doctor to check on what it happening.

  7. Just a note, rosemary oil is not safe for use by pregnant women.

  8. Wow Juju, thanx for the tip. Could you explain why? It will be very interesting to the readers.

  9. Hello
    Just had to congratulate you on this wonderful website! So informative & the greastest thing in using natural ingredients.
    I have been using the rosemary infused hairoil (jojoba, extra virgin olive & wheatgerm) on my locs for several months & seen my hair go from strength to strength! I no longer have to dye my hair (due to lint.Not greys)as its naturally blackened my hair. Also I've been using rosemary infused Honegar( apple cidar vinegar combined with honey)as my final rinse after shampooing which has also worked a treat.
    I'm using regaine 5% on some alopecia in the centre of my head and combined with the natural treatments my hair is regrowing. (thanks be to god!).
    Have you or anyone else out there got any suggestions for a clarifing homemade shampoo? Or a shop brought one without all the harsh chemicals?
    Many thks & blessings!
    Empress Gee- UK

  10. Hallo Empress Gee,
    I'm glad you like the site. Keep up the great work with the natural treatments, seems they are all working well for you. I see you have some very interesting mixtures, I'll definitely try some of them out. As for the Homemade Shampoo, I don't have a specific one right now but I'll check out some great recipes and post them.


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