The Beauty of Rosemary

The Beauty of Rosemary

The name Rosemary is derived from a Latin word which means “dew of the sea.” The chemical compounds in rosemary lend to its beneficial properties of antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal, astringent, and analgesic. For this reason, a rosemary rinse and oil scalp massage can be beneficial for itchy irritated scalp and to promote growth. A study has found that the use of rosemary oil scalp massage has been more effective than minoxidil to promote hair growth. Below I detail  ways in which the rosemary herb can be used. 

Rosemary Hair Rinse

1.  Bring 4 cups of water to boil

2.  Add 3 sprigs of rosemary

3. . Allow the water to simmer approximately 20 minutes

4.  Allow to cool and strain rosemary water into a glass container

5. . After you shampoo and condition, a pour rosemary rinse into hair and do not rinse.

  Rosemary Scalp Massage Oil

1. . Always use a carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut or olive oil. Never use pure rosemary oil on the skin as it may cause irritation

2.  Add a few drops of rosemary oil to sage and thyme oil to 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice

3. Saturate the scalp and massage

4.  do not rinse.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rosemary Rinse (mother culture)

  1. Boil 2 sprigs fresh rosemary with 2 1/2 cups water for 10 minutes. The rosemary will break apart and may create a foam. That is normal.
  2. Strain out the rosemary pieces and pour into another container. I like to pour straight into a large measuring cup.
  3. Place rosemary water in the fridge for cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Measure 1 ½ cups of water. Some of the water will have boiled off.
  5. Add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. Stir together.

After shampooing and pour over hair in place of conditioner. Let the hair rinse sit for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse well with cold water. If you have normal to oily hair your hair should be fine without conditioner. If you have super dry hair, follow up the hair rinse with a gentle conditioner.

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