Rosemary oil for hair growth is not a figment, this is true and you can try it. If you are curious about how to make it and the benefits that rosemary oil provides, follow our guide in this article. We will explain the benefits of rosemary oil that can grow hair, thicken it, and prevent hair loss. There are many ways to make rosemary oil for hair, here we will look at three ways to make it: Herbal infusion, essential oil, and rosemary extract.
Maybe you have known that now there is a trend for how to grow hair with rosemary oil, as is widely circulated on the internet. They use herbal rosemary oil and even rosemary water, just by dousing the hair with this aromatic water will the hair grow and thicken? let’s see our review in this post.
Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth
However, this is not just a beauty tip that is widely circulating on TikTok and this is not a new discovery and of course you should pay attention to it. Rosemary is a natural remedy that can regrow hair naturally and it is known to work because there is a lot of evidence to support this. One of the best ways to reap the benefits of rosemary is by making an infusion of rosemary oil.
This is very extraordinary considering that there are natural ingredients that are effective for growing hair. However, making rosemary oil for hair is not all effective and effective, so here we provide a guide and method for making rosemary which has been proven to be beneficial for hair.
When we are going to make rosemary oil for hair, it is important for us to pay attention to the type of rosemary, carrier oil, and infusion method so that we can achieve maximum results.
Here we will show you how to get great benefits from rosemary oil infusion and of course by avoiding common mistakes.
This guide will give you several things:
- How to make rosemary oil for hair, including the best carrier oils and infusion methods.
- The benefits of rosemary for hair and for scalp health.
- How to dilute rosemary oil for hair growth
- How to use a homemade rosemary remedy to grow hair, thicken it and prevent hair loss.
Note: This is a long piece of information, if you want to get started right away, you can go straight to DIY or go to the FAQs section of this article.
Why I made this rosemary hair oil recipe
Recently, many people have experienced the problem of hair loss, so many are looking for solutions to grow it back or prevent further hair loss, so if you are one of them, we are ready to help.
I also have hair loss due to stress and am working on growing my hair back. We also work to get back thick and strong hair. To achieve this goal we have tried using homemade rosemary water and rosemary oil.
Of course, we have to keep applying it, but it won’t take long to see results even though it’s still early days, but at least the hair that used to fall out is now starting to improve.
Rosemary oil for hair
Rosemary oil refers to any carrier oil that is infused with rosemary leaves. This is different from rosemary essential oil. Aromatic oil containing rosemary contains many benefits for hair and at the same time for scalp health. So, it is very good for thickening your hair.
The process of making rosemary oil for hair involves gentle heating of the rosemary leaves and carrier oils and antioxidants. Then the mixture is left to infuse for several weeks. This method produces a strong, bright, and fragrant golden oil that is infused with the antioxidant rosemary and several other compounds.
Its a gorgeous golden color, it is like liquid gold that dries down the hair. The longer this liquid is infused, the stronger the color will be until it darkens, sometimes it also turns into a golden green hue. This homemade rosemary oil can be applied directly to the scalp to help hair growth, thicken hair and stop hair loss or you can add this infused rosemary oil to other hair growth oils that you like, such as DIY lash serum, homemade hair growth oil, and brow growth serum.
Rosemary Infused Oil Vs Rosemary Essential Oil
Are infused oils and essential oils both good for hair, which romseary oil is best for growing hair?
Rosemary essential oil contains many aromatic compounds, and infused rosemary contains a broad spectrum of fat-soluble antioxidants, fatty acids and polyphenols that are not found in purified rosemary oil – all of which are good for your hair and help your hair grow.
In terms of benefits, infused rosemary seems to provide the greatest benefits for hair growth. This doesn’t mean rosemary essential oil is ineffective. If you don’t have rosemary water or infused rosemary, you can still use the essential oil in a carrier oil. This will also stimulate hair to grow more. Alternatively, you can also use C02 rosemary extract.
Another thing you need to know is that rosemary infused oil smells more like food (think delicious focaccia dipping oil), while rosemary essential oil smells more like medicine.
Even though it smells like food, we do not recommend that you use rosemary oil in your culinary world.
Rosemary Oil Benefits for Hair
Using rosemary on the scalp has been shown to stimulate hair growth, stop hair loss, and increase hair volume or thickness.
In a study comparing rosemary oil and minoxidil. Both promote hair regrowth, but rosemary oil reduces hair loss better than other medications and without causing the side effects that minoxidil does.
Rosemary oil grows hair by stimulating blood flow to the scalp, reducing inflammation, decreasing hair loss hormone regulation, protecting hair lipids, controlling hair loss, and protecting the scalp from oxidative damage.
What are the benefits of rosemary oil for hair, let’s go further
1. Stimulates hair follicle circulation
The use of rosemary oil can stimulate scalp circulation, and increase blood flow in the scalp, the follicles get good nutrition so they can grow hair properly.
Active blood circulation also stimulates the growth of new hair follicles and increases their size. If your hair is thin and fine, then using rosemary oil on your hair can help you to thicken hair, strengthen it and prevent hair loss.
2. As an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Rosemary oil contains many types of antioxidants, such as carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid, ursolic acid, micromeric acid, oleanolic acid, and Betulinic acid – all of these antioxidants prevent inflammation and help hair regrowth.
This has been proven, by improving a healthy scalp, the hair will also experience very good growth.
This is the same as low antioxidant levels which are said to be related to premature aging, skin aging, low levels of scalp antioxidants are also related to hair loss. In fact, applying antioxidants to the scalp can reportedly prevent hair loss.
Antioxidants also prevent the occurrence of lipid peroxidation that occurs in the scalp, meaning that the scalp stops producing rancid sebum.
3. Downregulates hair loss hormones
Rosemary oil or rosemary water is said to be an alternative herbal remedy for DHT blockers. It contains DHT-blocking compounds, which cause hair loss.
In addition, the carnosic acid, ursolic acid and rosmarinic acid in romsemary prevent 5a-reductase, this is the enzyme that converts testosterone into hair loss-causing DHT.
Rosemary oil will balance hormones that can promote hair growth and prevent breakage and loss.
4. Reduces yeast, bacteria, and dandruff-induced hair fall
The benefits of rosemary oil for hair also reduce yeast and bacteria. Both of these organisms will also be the cause of hair damage.
But with the presence of rosemary oil, it will reduce fungus and bacteria and keep the scalp healthy. This will maintain and optimize hair growth.
Rosemary also specifically fights Malasezzia, this is a type of scalp fungus that causes dandruff and hair loss. In addition, rosemary oil is also useful for controlling acne-causing bacteria, getting rid of annoying pimples and also inflammation which is also related to hair damage.
5. Nourishes, conditions, and strengthens the hair
Rosemary oil also nourishes your hair, and promotes softness and good hair health.
Not only rich in antioxidants, rosemary oil also contains flavonoids, glycolipids, phospholipids, and fatty acids such as oleic acid and palmitic acid.
This oil provides nutrition to each strand of hair, prevents damage, strengthens it, so you can grow your hair properly.
DIY Rosemary Oil for Hair Ingredients
If you want to make rosemary infused oil, then provide ingredients such as:
- Dried rosemary leaves (that are no longer fresh)
- Castor oil and other carrier oils as a diluent, you can use MCT oil or coconut oil.
- Vitamin E oil, this is useful for protecting the oil during the infusion process.
Note: If you don’t have rosemary oil, you can find 2 other alternatives such as hair oil with essential oils or rosemary extract below.
To make rosemary oil you will need a lot of dried rosemary leaves. The price is affordable and you can buy it in large quantities, dried rosemary will last a long time, so you don’t have to worry about spoilage. You can make many things with dried rosemary including rosemary oil, rosemary water or other hair growth DIYs.
How much rosemary is needed to make rosemary oil? The answer is “a lot”, we usually use 3/4 cup of dried organic rosemary leaves to one cup of carrier oil, to get a powerful, high concentration hair growth oil.
Why do we use dried rosemary? This is important to prevent mold so that the oil you make is free from mold. Why use organic rosemary? It is also important that we obtain rosemary oil that is free from pesticide residues.
Another ingredient you should use is a carrier oil. In this rosemary oil recipe we use castor oil and fractionated coconut oil (or MCT oil). For infused oils, it is important that you choose the right carrier oil.
Among the hair care oils that are popularly used are sunflower oil, almond oil which contains PUFA, argan oil, this type of oil is unstable and easily damaged when used as a hot infusion. So, you have to look for a suitable and appropriate carrier oil.
Castor oil has its own benefits for health, besides that it is also low in PUFA content. Among the benefits of castor oil for growth are prostaglandin-like effects which directly modulate growth.
Castor oil also contains a lot of vitamin E which is also good at stimulating hair growth. It also contains ricinoleic acid, a unique fatty acid that can optimally nourish the hair shaft.
Some people think this oil cannot be used because of its viscosity, but you can dilute it with other stable oils such as using fractionated coconut oil or using MCT oil, this will overcome its viscosity and make it easier to use.
Fractionated coconut oil or MCT oil
Among other carrier oils that can be used are liquid coconut oil and MCT oil and are safe for hot infusions. It consists mostly of saturated fat, so it is very stable to heat and has a long shelf life.
But there are some types of hair that are not compatible with this oil such as sensitive hair with protein. For certain people, coconut oil is applied to the hair can make hair tangled and this creates new problems.
So, for conditions like this, monounsaturated oil can be an alternative. The monounsaturated oils that are meant are like jojoba oil, avocado oil, marula oil, and olive oil. They are best in this case to dilute castor oil.
If you want to make herbal infused oils, vitamin E is essential and it’s like a must-have secret weapon.
The benefits of adding vitamin E to rosemary oil infusion include the fact that it contains strong antioxidants which make it able to stabilize fat. This will act as insurance in protecting the fatty acids while the infusion is running.
In addition, the benefits of vitamins separately are also great for growing hair. If you rub vitamin E on your hair, it will help it grow. It stimulates blood flow to the scalp, and its powerful antioxidant content helps in revitalizing and repairing your hair follicles.
How to Make Rosemary Oil for Hair
- Place the dried rosemary leaves in a stainless steel pan, pour in castor oil and fractionated coconut oil or you can also use another carrier oil such as jojoba, pour over the rosemary to cover it.
- Add vitamin E oil to the mixture and make sure the herbs are completely submerged in the poured oil. Now, put the pan on the stove, turn on medium heat, keep your laser thermometer handy, so the point here is to extract as much rosemary oil as possible without damaging it with high heat levels (so we should not heat it with high heat).
- Keep rosemary oil from heating above 110 C.
- When it is hot, turn off the stove and stir in the oil, and cover the pan to retain the heat. This is important to infuse the oil at low temperatures. Now you can leave it and look at it again after an hour or after it has cooled.
Note: If you have a thermometer, use it to measure temperature and don’t exceed medium-low temperature.
Do this warming infusion every hour, once it cools, put it back on medium heat, turn off the heat, stir and put the lid back on the pan so that it soaks again.
When it is cold, then transfer it to a closed glass jar or glass container. Close tightly and place in a dark cupboard for at least 2 weeks. The longer you infuse, the more effective it will be. During the infusion period the color will change from bright yellow, golden to even green to golden.
If it’s been two weeks then it’s time to filter it, use a fine strainer or cheesecloth. Strain the rosemary leaves well and the aim is that you get only the rosemary oil. If you have, now transfer this oil into a bottle and you are ready to use it anytime to thicken hair, enlarge follicles and prevent hair loss.
How to Dilute Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth
If you don’t have rosemary leaves or don’t want to bother making rosemary oil as we have explained, then you can make herbs for hair growth using rosemary essential oil.
The maximum use of rosemary essential oil on the skin is between 6.5% to 22%, and this also depends on the type of rosemary oil used.
There are several types of rosemary essential oil, such as: 1,8-cineole, α-pinene, verbenone CT, and camphor CT, all of these types can help you grow hair. A 5% dilution can ensure you do not exceed the maximum usage level.
If you want to make rosemary essential oil as a hair growth oil, then dilute it first, using a maximum of 5ml or 1 teaspoon of rosemary essential oil in 1/2 cup of carrier oil. Place in a glass dropper bottle, add 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and shake until evenly mixed.
1 teaspoon of vitamin E is equivalent to 100 drops of essential oil. The size of the drop depends on many factors including the size of the dropper. For precise measurements, use a cosmetic scale. Combine 5 grams of rosemary oil with 95 grams of carrier oil for a 5% dilution.
How to Use Rosemary Extract for Hair
Apart from using rosemary oil, you can also use rosemary extract to grow hair. Typically, rosemary extract is used for food packaging stabilizers, preservatives, and as an antioxidant. Rosemary extract is high in carnosic acid. It is a powerful antioxidant which helps in promoting hair growth as well as inhibiting DHT and suppressing hair growth.
Rosemary extract is very concentrated, if used excessively it can irritate the skin, the maximum usage rate is 0.5%. Choose an oil-based extract instead of the water-soluble rosemary leaf extract.
So, mix 0.5 gram of rosemary extract with 95 gram of carrier oil, and apply it on the scalp to grow hair.
How to Use Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth
How to use rosemary oil to grow hair is very easy. Apply on your scalp, massage with your fingertips, you can use a dropper when smearing on the scalp. If you don’t have a dropper, just pour some rosemary oil on your palm and apply it on your scalp.
Rub rosemary oil all over your head, including your temples, but don’t get it on your face. Apply also on the back of the head so that the hair grows evenly and your hair can be thick and even.
Use a comb to massage your scalp well, after the massage process you will feel your scalp throbbing and tingling. This is the effect of increasing blood circulation and rosemary oil is working for you.
Apart from your scalp, you can also rub rosemary oil on your hair strands to provide nutrition to your hair thoroughly.
For maximum results, leave rosemary oil on your scalp as long as possible, let this oil work its magic to thicken your hair. If you feel it has been long enough, wash your hair as usual.
Tips for Using Rosemary Hair Oil
You can rub rosemary oil on your dry or slightly damp hair. If this oil makes your hair dry, then you can slightly dampen your hair to lock in moisture.
When you want to quickly have thick hair, then use rosemary oil as often as possible, you can use it once a day if you want. If not, you can follow your hair washing schedule. You can also use it twice a week, but you have to do it regularly. But for quick results, dab your scalp with rosemary oil daily.
This growth will not happen overnight, consistency is the key, do it and apply it every day or every other day, but do it regularly and consistently.
Rosemary oil is a well-concentrated oil, so every time you use it, you don’t have to apply too much.
Be careful with your clothes, rosemary oil can stain your clothes.
FAQ about Rosemary Oil for Hair
How long does rosemary oil take to grow hair?
This really depends on how routine your business is. In a study comparing rosemary oil and minoxidil, it took 6 months to see significant results. But it’s different with rosemary oil, using rosemary oil only takes 3 months to see your hair stop falling out. But again this really depends on how often you apply it.
Can you use fresh rosemary for rosemary oil?
Yes, you can use fresh rosemary to make infused oil, but you have to dry it first.
It is important that this product is made water-free first, because the mixture of oil and water can be a condition favored by bacteria.
How to dry fresh rosemary for rosemary oil
Place the washed rosemary on a baking sheet, preheat the oven to a low temperature. Turn off the oven to make sure the heat doesn’t damage the herbs, and place the herbs in the oven for 2-3 hours and they will dry slowly in a hot oven with the heat turned off.