Rosemary is mainly used as an herb for cooking. It’s known for its distinct needle-like leaves with white, pink or purple flowers and as a card-carrying member of the mint family.
Rosemary tea isperfect for relieving stress, anxiety and depression, as well as has some ongoing buzz as an anti-cancer agent. That’s great and all, but we’re here to focus on a specific rosemary use that you might not be aware of: rosemary oil for hair.
In modern use, rosemary joins her other mint family members like basil, oregano, marjoram and peppermint as a common essential oil. In this form, it is frequently used as a home remedy because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Its practical applications include, among others:
Based on what we already know, rosemary oil for hair seems like it couldn’t hurt. But now we know how it actually helps.
It Prevents Baldness
The leading cause of baldness is androgenetic alopecia, which we know as “male pattern baldness” (a misnomer, since it also affects females). Rosemary oil, massaged in hair, treats this by preventing testosterone byproducts from attacking hair follicles.
Rosemary Oil Stimulates Hair Growth
Rosemary oil improves circulation and is rich in carnosic acid. Carnosic acid has been proven to heal tissue and nerve damage in the scalp. The improved circulation and rejuvenated nerves then both contribute to better and faster growth of hair.
A study shows that men who used diluted rosemary oil for their hair experienced similar growth in their hair thickness as men who used minoxidil (a common hair growth medication, ex: Rogaine)withoutthe itchy side-effect. In fact, using rosemary oil for hair results to 30% thicker hair when compared to other advertised essential oil hair growers like jojoba and grapeseed!
The use of rosemary oil for hair is via direct topical application.
Sounds easy enough, right? Surely there’s some catch to it?
Nope. That’s all it is. Rosemary oil for hair is a proven thing with little to no side effects. Just remember to not usetoomuch as rosemary oil tends to be an irritant when used in large doses which may causesomediscomfort, but absolutely no health dangers.
At Peace of Mind Natural we use rosemary oil in ourCharcoal Conditioner. This conditioner is great for your hair, drawing out impurities and helping fight dandruff, among other things.
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