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January 27, 2012

Herbal Remedies- Rosemary for Growth


Antoinette's Results of a Rosemary Rinse

Before Pantene, Queen Helene and Head and Shoulders, women turned to their gardens, woods and fields for plants that met all of their beauty needs. Whether it be a cure to dandruff, premature balding, dull strands or a desire for a new color there was a plant that they knew could meet their specific demands. I think that as the world is beginning to become more synthetic the less we truly understand the implications of allowing such chemicals, toxins and mad men creations into our bodies. It is important to be knowledgeable and at the very least know that there are natural alternatives to every single demand that humans require whether in sickness or health. With that being said, I have begun my research into herbs that can treat and assist in hair. Let's begin with Rosemary. (My source for today's research comes from the book entitled "Back to Eden" written by Jethro Kloss).

What is Rosemary?

Rosemary is very common and easily accessible herb. It is green in appearance with thin, needle-like leaves with a deep, pungent smell. When it comes to it's contributions to hair it seems to be all purpose. Here is a brief list of its uses and benefits to hair

-Stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp thus encouraging hair growth
-Due to it's antibacterial quality it gently cleanses hair
-Increases shine
-Fights premature graying
-Relieves irritated, dry, flaky, dandruff ridden scalps

How Do I Use It?

As with all herbs there are many different ways that rosemary can be applied externally unto your hair and scalp. These processes can be used with both fresh and dried herbs. But as with cooking, it is always recommended to use fresh ingredients. (If you don't use all of your herb initially, you can dry them and store for next time!) Here are the most common processes for external use of rosemary.

Rosemary Infusion- Wtf is that you ask? It's a simple as a cup of tea. Actually, it is like a cup to tea! Simply boil water and add your rosemary to the water. Allow it to steep for 15-30mins and then sift away the leaves. You are left with rosemary infused water. The water can then be used for a rinse for any of the following; cleansing rinse, treatment for shine, treatment for graying, treatment for dandruff and scalp irritation. DO NOT RINSE OUT! (Remember to accompany rinses with a nice scalp massage as well). You may have seen Antoinette's Rosemary Infused Rinse in her Pre-Poo Post

Rosemary Oil- There are two ways that you can achieve an oil infused with rosemary. The first which is the quickest but not necessarily the cheapest is purchasing rosemary essential oil (which is a highly concentrated) and adding a few drops to your oil which you use daily. The second option is buy fresh rosemary and crush it within your hands to bring out the aroma. Put the crushed herb into a GLASS bottle (beer bottle, jelly, jars etc) and pour your choice of oil (olive, jojoba etc) over top the herbs. Try to pick a herb that is not tempature sensitive like coconut oil. Put the bottle in a cool, dark space and allow it to sit for 2-4 weeks. You can then apply this rosemary infused oil to your hair and scalp for the following; dandruff, scalp irritation, stimulate hair growth, scalp massage, added shine and luster.

Rosemary Vinegar- Crush fresh rosemary and add to a jar of apple cider vinegar. Follow the same steps as the oil and store in a cool, dark space for 2-4 weeks. After shampooing hair, combine 1/4 cup of your rosemary vinegar to 1-2 cup of water and rinse hair with it. DO NOT RINSE OUT. This is best used for the following; gentle cleanser, hair treatment for Ph balance, shine and conditioning.

Where Can I Purchase the Rosemary Herb?

You can find rosemary at any grocery and produce store. It is a very inexpensive and very accessible herb. If you are a gardner, look into adding this wonderful culinary and medicinal herb into your harvest being as though it grows easily and yields well.

Well folks, I hope this was informative. I pray that we begin to take our health and beauty into our own hands and relearn practices that are indeed effective and harmless to our bodies. Next herb I am working on is going to be Burdock. As we learn the herbs we can then learn how to couple what with what until we are mixtresses in our own bathrooms and kitchens!

Have you tried Rosemary in your hair recipes?

24 Chime in!:

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is some beautiful, healthy hair! I do suffer from a dry, itchy scalp so I think I will give this a try. I always have fresh rosemary in my house.

Yvonne

Nak said...

Results don't really make any sense, if there is not a 'before' picture for comparison. Like, how do I know her hair doesn't always do this after a good wash?

ACBF said...

@ nak. It's doesn't believe me. It's me in the picture. I look for the before tho.

Evie said...

I've read on another hair blog that rosemary oil/extract should be completely avoided if you are pregnant. Anyone know if there is some truth to this claim?

CURLYNIKKI said...

@Evie, great question. To be safe, you should definitely consult with your doctor!

Here's a link to start--

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/naturalherbsvitamins.html

ije said...

I'm confused about the Rosemary Vinegar combo...So when putting it in our hair, you say dont rinse out? but follow up with a gentle cleanser? so how do I not rinse out the rosemary vinegar if I'm going to have to wash my hair with conditioner anyway?

Anonymous said...

Coolness. :D

Anonymous said...

Very informative, I'll definitely try anything to achieve shiny and healthy hair. But Shanti, be sure to edit your articles before publishing.

Anonymous said...

I don't know about rosemary in my hair, but I absolutely looooves me some rosemary baked chicken! LOL!

I have yet to try rosemary essential oil on my hair because it I dont like it as a fragrance. I have recognized the scent on others, and to me it has a strange, aseptic scent.

Despite my aversion, your article intrigued me, especailly the part about the grey hair. When I see the essential oil in the health food store again, I will remind myself to take a chance on it. I may get lucky and have it actually work for me.

Thanks for this enlightening post!

Anonymous said...

I used to use rosemary essential oil all the time when I would pre-poo ( I would use olive oil + an essential oil). I dont pre poo as much anymore, but I when I do, its always either rosemary or peppermint for the essential oil part.

80'sBaby said...

I love Rosemary Oil on my hair...I am not in love with the scent at all lol...I do use it in my pre-poo's along with olive oil.....I also have it in my spritz bottle along with coconut oil, water....I also try to massage my scalp with it once a week

Anonymous said...

How much rosemary does one use to make the rinse?

Bianca said...

I use Crystal's Royal Secrets herbal hair rejuvenator which contains Rosemary and I'm very happy with the results!
www.crsecrets.com

ACBF said...

@ Ije the vinegar recipe can be used for any of the listed. If you decide to use it as a cleanser than you would rinse but if you want to use it as a treatment for shine or scalp issues than it should not be rinsed out.

ACBF said...

@ Bianca you can use maybe 2 tablespoons to every 8 oz. If that is too strong you can always dilute with more water

Zeitoune MP said...

@ Evie, I read the same thing many months ago and since I am pregnant, I will avoid rosemary until after I give birth.

Dana said...

I add a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil and tea tree oil to a tablespoon of grapeseed/jojoba oil mixture and then have the hubby massage onto scalp as a pre-oo once a month. Makes for a wonderful scalp massage and feels/smells like a spa treatment.

janubie said...

Rosemary sounds great but I'd be careful with that vinegar recipe. Needs more water, that mixture would be too acidic.

Maria said...

I remember living in the Dominican Republic back in the 80's and people using rosemary (aceite de romero) on their scalp for hair growth. I was young and didn't want to do any old school remedies so I never did it. I might have to buy some oil.

Erica S said...

I've seen this on her website acurlsbf.com. I also discovered that I have a rosemary plant in my backyard. Apparently the plant itself is very inexpensive and doesn't require too much maintenance. So if any of you use rosemary often and are tired of buying it every week, a rosemary plant might be a good alternative.

Berthia D said...

Words cant explain how excited I get when I see methods that promote hair growth ! lol and I love ACV

CurlyCoilyMe said...

Tempted to buy some rosemary and put it into my avc. :)

MelMelBee said...

I started doing a rosemary tea rinse after reading that it made hair thicker. After using it as a final rinse for about a month, I noticed that it loosened my curl pattern do I abandoned using it.

Anonymous said...

How often should I use the rosemary rinse?

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