Monday, January 31, 2011

Rosemary Oil and Hair Growth

Rosemary oil has a reputation for stimulating hair growth and has been used for centuries for this purpose.


About

Rosemary oil is distilled from the leaves of the herb rosemary. Rosemary is related to lavender, sage, peppermint, hyssop and many other plants. Julia Lawless, in her book "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils," lists some of rosemary oil's properties as stimulanting, a tonic, restorative, antiseptic, carminative, digestive, analgesic, antioxidant, antimicrobial and astringent.

Regular use of rosemary oil helps in stimulating follicles, as a result of which, hair grow longer and stronger. It is also believed that rosemary oil slows down premature hair loss and graying of hair. Rosemary essential oil is also beneficial for dry and flaky scalps. Regular massage of scalp with rosemary oil nourishes the scalp and removes dandruff. Rosemary oil stimulates cell division and dilates blood vessels and, in turn, stimulates hair follicles into producing new hair growth.

How to Use

To use rosemary oil in hair care, add rosemary oil to shampoos, hair conditioners, rinses, oils and lotions. Rosemary oil can be used in these mediums to wash and condition hair, or rubbed into the scalp on a regular basis to stimulate hair growth. Combine rosemary oil with other beneficial essential oils such as tea tree to treat other scalp problems, or replace with other hair-growth stimulants such as cypress, lemon, geranium or sage essential oils, Worwood recommends.


Recipe

  1. Prepare a hair oil by mixing 1 teaspoon wheat germ oil, 2 oz. sweet almond oil, 1/2 oz. avocado oil and 1/2 teaspoon lecithin in a bowl. To this add about 15 to 20 drops of rosemary oil. Blend all these oils well, then pour it into a glass bottle or jar and let it stay for about an hour or so. Prior to using the oil on your hair, boil 2 glasses of water and place the bottle of oil into it to warm it up. Use the warm oil to massage your hair for about ten minutes before washing it off. Use this oil at least twice a week.
  2. To use rosemary oil for hair growth, prepare a hair oil by mixing 5 drops of rosemary essential oil, 2 sprigs of dried rosemary and 1/4 cup warm olive oil. Mix all these ingredients thoroughly in a glass bowl, strain and then pour it into a dark tinted glass jar or glass bowl. To use, apply the oil from the scalp to the tip of your hair and wrap a hot towel on your head. Keep it on for half an hour and then rinse off.

Cautions


Do not use rosemary oil during pregnancy or if you suffer from epilepsy or high blood pressure. These conditions aside, rosemary oil is generally considered non-sensitizing and non-toxic. Always dilute rosemary oil in a carrier base, such as shampoo, hair conditioner, base oil or lotion before using. If necessary, consult a qualified aromatherapist or other qualified individual for further advice on the use of rosemary oil for hair growth.