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Rosemary Oil For Hair

October 29, 2019 3 min read

Rosemary Oil For Hair

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.

Rosemary’s Babies

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:

  • Improvement of brain function – inhaling rosemary oil prevents acetylcholine breakdown, resulting to better thinking, memory and overall concentration
  • Pain relief – an actual animal study shows that rosemary oil that it was just as effective, if not slightly more, as acetaminophen (ex: Tylenol) for pain relief.
  • Natural pesticide – rosemary oil has been shown to repel mosquitoes and ticks when used to coat greenhouse tomatoes
  • Natural antibiotic – rosemary oil weakens the cell walls of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This not only weakens bacteria, it also supports and strengthens the effect of other antibiotics.

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!

Remember, remember.

The use of rosemary oil for hair is via direct topical application. 

  • You can apply it directly as is – five drops massaged evenly into the scalp after a shower. You can then let it stay there or rinse it out, just remember to let it stay for at least five minutes, or:
  • You can add two to three drops to your palm combined with your shampoo or any hair product you choose. Again, remember to let it stay for at least five minutes if you’re rinsing it out.

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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