Read on if you are suffering from thinning hair, premature graying and itchy scalp issues. In this article you will find an effective homemade rosemary hair rinse recipe, which is good for darkening hair and stimulating hair growth.
Rosemary has long been known as one of the most beneficial herbs for hair. Yes, women in the Mediterranean use rosemary as an herb for making their hair look beautiful! This herb smells fresh, stimulating and is herbaceous.
What Are The Rosemary Benefits For Hair?
(I) Promotes Hair Growth & Prevents Thinning Of Hair: Rosemary contains ursolic acid that helps to stimulate scalp circulation. Thus more oxygen and nutrients are sent right to your hair follicles; consequently it promotes healthy hair growth.
(ii) Promotes Shiny And Glossy Hair: Rosemary also revitalizes hair, removes product/dirt build up, leaving your hair shiny and soft.
(iii) Soothes Itchy Scalp And Removes Dandruff: This amazing herb has potent antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. Therefore you can use this herb as home remedy for treating dandruff, itchiness, and scalp irritation.
(iv) Prevents Premature Graying: This wonderful herb has been traditionally known to darken gray and also slow down the appearance of gray hairs. Due to its high antioxidant content, it eliminates free radicals and hydrogen peroxide, which otherwise can cause early greying of hair as well as hair thinning.
In addition to the above hair benefits, this aromatic herb reduces oily hair, strengthens the hair shaft and fights scalp fungal infection.
One of the best ways to use rosemary is by making a rosemary hair rinse at home. Let’s start….check out below a simple but effective recipe:
How To Make Rosemary Hair Rinse At Home?
This is a very simple and easy diy recipe. You just need rosemary and water for the basic recipe. But for extra boost you may add other herbs like thyme, lavender flowers or marshmallow root.
You will need:
(i) Rosemary leaves: 2 tablespoons, preferably fresh (alternatively, you can use 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary leaves)
(ii) Water: 2 cups
Variations to the basic rosemary hair rinse: Try these optional ingredients for extra boost:
(i) Thyme: 1 tablespoon, fresh (alternatively, 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme leaves – to stimulate hair follicles and add luster to your hair)
(ii) Lavender: 2 teaspoons, fresh (alternatively, 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers – to balance scalp oils)
(iii) Sage leaves: 1 tablespoon, fresh (alternatively, 1/2 tablespoon dried sage leaves – to help darken greying hair and foster healthy scalp)
(iv) Marshmallow root: 1 tablespoon to condition, moisturize and help with hair detangling
(v) Almond or argan oil: 1 teaspoon, for dry hair treatment
(i) Bring the water to a boil, then add rosemary leaves. You may add in thyme, lavender flower or marshmallow root in accordance with your skin conditions and what you are aiming?
(ii) Reduce the heat to the lowest possible level, cover the pot to avoid loss of volatile oils in the steam and let the solution simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
(iii) Remove the pot from heat and allow the pot and concoction to cool. The water will turn into a dark brown color. There might appears an oil film on the surface, and that’s normal. It’s rosemary oil. Strain the liquid into a mug. Now you may add in the lavender essential oil (if using) and stir to mix well.
(iv) Use the infusion as a final rinse over the hair. Simply pour it over your head and hair after shampooing (and conditioning if you do) as the final rinse. As you pour, try to catch the drippings in a mug or pot. Keep pouring the rinse so collected until it’s completely used.
Gently massage the concoction into your scalp and hair. Allow it to stay for up to 20 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with plain cool water. Cool water helps to close the cuticle on the hair shaft and increases “how super shiny your hair is”. Or you may simply leave it on until the next wash. This stimulating rinse will help condition both hair and scalp.
What Other Herbs You Can Add To The Hair Rinse And Their Hair Benefits
You can use some additional herbs while making this rinse depending upon your hair condition and what you are aiming at. Below we have described about some hair friendly herbs and their properties. Thus when you are preparing a hair rinse, make sure you are adding conditioning or astringent herbs according to your needs. For example in case of dry hair use more of conditioning herbs and for oily hair use more of astringent herbs.
(i) For darkening your hair: Use sage leaves, Indian goose berry (amla), black tea, clove (1 or 2)
(ii) To treat dry hair such as for hydrating and conditioning: Use marsmallow roots, fenugreek seeds, licorice, lavender, thyme, chamomile flower, sage, clove
(iii) To treat oily hair (astringent and balancing): Lemon juice, nettle, comfrey, amla, sage, black tea, lavender, chamomile
You can use this rinse 2 to 3 times a week. This nourishing rinse will add shine and volume to your hair. Moreover it’s so much soothing and refreshing to the scalp. You will love the way your hair will look and smell.
(i) You can use applicator/squeeze bottle for easy pouring.
(ii) You can bottle this preparation if there is any left over. Keep in a cool, dark and dry place and use within 2 weeks of preparation.
(iii) If you like you may leave the rinse in, it will smell like rosemary when it dries. If you don’t want your hair to smell like rosemary, rinse out of your hair with cool water.
(iv) You can use this every time you wash your hair, if you desire so.
Shelf Life: You can store the remaining portion of the rinse up to 2 weeks in fridge. If it’s winter, add some hot water to warm it before use.
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Do you use any other herbal rinse? If you have any tips, please share in the comments section below.