Before Pantene, Queen Helene and Head and Shoulders, women turned to their gardens, woods and fields for plants that met all of their beauty needs. Whether it be a cure to dandruff, premature balding, dull strands or a desire for a new color, there was a plant that they knew could meet their specific demands. I think that the more the world becomes synthetic, the less we truly understand the implications of allowing such chemicals, toxins and mad men creations into our bodies. It is important to be knowledgeable and at the very least know that there are natural alternatives to every single demand that humans require whether in sickness or health.
The benefits of rosemary
Rosemary is very common and easily accessible herb. It is green in appearance with thin, needle-like leaves with a deep, pungent smell. When it comes to its contributions to hair it seems to be all-purpose. Here is a brief list of its uses and benefits to hair...
- Growth - Stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp thus encouraging hair growth
- Cleanser - Due to its antibacterial quality it gently cleanses hair
- Shine - Increases shine
- Scalp issues - Relieves irritated, dry, flaky, dandruff ridden scalps
4 ways to use it
As with all herbs there are many different ways that rosemary can be applied externally onto your hair and scalp. These processes can be used with both fresh and dried herbs. But as with cooking, it is always recommended to use fresh ingredients. If you don't use all of your herb initially, you can dry them and store for next time!
Here are the most common ways to use for external use of rosemary.
1. Rosemary rinse
What is that you ask? It's a simple as a cup of tea. Actually, it is pretty much a cup of tea!
- Simply boil water and add your rosemary to the water.
- Allow it to steep for 15-30min. and then sift away the leaves. You are left with rosemary infused water.
- The water can then be used for a rinse for a cleansing rinse, a treatment for shine, a treatment for dandruff or for calp irritation.
- DO NOT RINSE OUT!
2. Mix the essential oilPurchase rosemary essential oil (which is highly concentrated) and add a few drops to your favorite daily oil. This is the quickest but not necessarily the cheapest route.
3. Make your own oilBuy fresh rosemary and crush it within your hands to bring out the aroma. Put the crushed herb into a GLASS bottle (beer bottle, jelly, jars etc) and pour your choice of oil (olive, jojoba, etc) over the herbs. Try to pick an oil that is not temperature sensitive like coconut oil. Put the bottle in a cool, dark space and allow it to sit for 2-4 weeks. You can then apply this rosemary infused oil to your hair and scalp for treating
4. Rosemary vinegar
- Crush fresh rosemary and add to a jar of apple cider vinegar.
- Follow the same steps as the oil and store in a cool, dark space for 2-4 weeks.
- After shampooing hair, combine 1/4 cup of your rosemary vinegar to 1-2 cup of water and rinse hair with it.
- DO NOT RINSE OUT.
Where to buy it
You can find the rosemary herb at any grocery and produce store. It is a very inexpensive and very accessible herb. If you are a gardener, look into adding this wonderful culinary and medicinal herb into your harvest as it grows easily and yields well.
You can find rosemary essential oil at your local health food store, Amazon or at online ingredient shops like The Herbarie and Bulk Apothecary. Here's a list of the top 10 places to buy ingredients for DIYs.
Well folks, I hope this was informative. I pray that we begin to take our health and beauty into our own hands and relearn practices that are indeed effective and harmless to our bodies. The next herb I am working on is going to be Burdock. As we learn the herbs we can then learn how to couple what with what until we are mixtresses in our own bathrooms and kitchens!
Have you tried rosemary in your hair recipes?