If you’re in the beauty or self-care realm of the internet you’ve heard a lot about the amazing benefits of rosemary oil. Is there any backing into it or is it another hoax? Let’s find out the real benefits.
What Is Rosemary Oil?
Rosemary oil is from the Mediterranean region and rosemary the herb is a member of the mint family, much like basil, thyme, and lavender, and is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6. The herb has been used and hailed for many years for its medicinal properties. Rosemary has been used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune system, and promote hair growth. and its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.1 2
Benefits Of Rosemary Oil
- Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory
- Improve Digestion
- Enhancing Memory Concentration
- Prevent Brain Aging
How Does Rosemary Oil Help With Hair Growth?
Since it has anti-inflammatory properties can promote nerve growth and improve circulation. It can prevent hair follicles from being starved for blood supply and dying off. Beyond stimulating hair growth it can help prevent premature graying and dandruff. It may also help with dry and/ or itchy scalp.
There have been multiple studies to show that rosemary may benefit nerve tissue. Carnosic acid, an active ingredient in the plant healed tissue and nerve damage in one study. There is a strong possibility it’ll help restore hair growth as well as restore hair loss just as well as minoxidil commonly known as Rogaine.
Any Adverse Effects?
Most of the time Rosemary is safe to use as long as you don’t go overboard. If you apply a lot to the scalp then it can cause irritation. It won’t cause any serious health issues. As far as the effects on pregnant women or breastfeeding, not enough research has been done on the effects, if you’re concerned please consult a doctor.
How To Make Rosemary Oil At Home
You can make this for beauty purposes or you can cook with it, it’s all up to you and it’s mostly based on what oils you use. If you want to cook with it use extra virgin olive oil. However, Safflower, Canola, and Sunflower are good alternatives with no scent.
1 cup of rosemary needles without the pins no steams
Oil of your choice
Strainer or cheesecloth
Glass jar with a tight lid
Making The Rosemary Oil
The Cooking Method
In a medium-sized saucepan simmer the rosemary and oil on the stove for 10 minutes. Don’t let it get too hot by stirring it with a wooden spoon. When the time is up strain the needles out and collect the oils in a glass jar.
No Cook Method
This is the easiest way to make it but it is the longest.
Add rosemary and oil in a jar and leave it on a window sill or a sunny area. Leave it there for a month. Strain out the rosemary and refill with the scented oil. 3
How To Use It
This oil can be used in multiple ways depending on how you make it.
If you want to cook with it, use it based on the recipe you’re following. If you’re using the oil for beauty reasons continue reading.
You can massage it into your scalp. I like to have it in an applicator bottle(like the ones below) so it’s easier to get to my scalp. Then I use my fingers to rub it in liberally and allow it to fully absorb.
Adding rosemary oil to your conditioner to help get to your scalp and your hair and leave it in for a while then rinse.
You can place it in your favorite lotion on moisturizer shake it vigorously or stir it in depending on the consistency.
Add the oil to an oil burner to feel the house with an amazing fragrance.
If you’re not into DIY then here are some other options below that you can try to see if you like it before you make it and get the full effect. You can still use them as described above if you choose.