3 Rosemary Benefits for Hair

By Ashley Ess in Natural Products

Rosemary is a wonderful, abundant herb that most often appears in the kitchen as a savory ingredient or to enhance presentation. Its aroma and flavor are distinct, but rosemary isn't reserved only for use in cuisine. It can also be beneficial for your body—namely, your hair.

Rosemary has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, and antimicrobial properties, according to research in Future Science OA, so it's no surprise rosemary oil can offer powerhouse benefits for your tresses as well.

3 Rosemary Benefits for Hair

Three key rosemary benefits for hair lie in its therapeutic properties. Rosemary essential oil is used for hair growth, dandruff control, and shine enhancement. Apply the oil directly to the scalp or hair combined with a carrier oil such as jojoba, apricot seed, coconut, or olive oil. It can also be incorporated with hair products such as masks and leave-in conditioners. Here's how to harness the rosemary benefits for hair.

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1. Rosemary for Hair Growth

Rosemary oil was found to have a positive effect on hair growth in studies published in the journals SKINmed and Archives of Dermatology. Rosemary oil may be effective in treating pattern hair loss by improving thickness and growth.

To help your hair grow, add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to a carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut, or olive oil and massage into the scalp. Allow it to absorb for up to 30 minutes several times per week before washing it out with shampoo.

2. Rosemary for Dandruff

Due to rosemary's antimicrobial and astringent abilities, it may be a good choice for treating and preventing dandruff. One study in Food Additives & Contaminants found that rosemary essential oil is an effective antifungal treatment, which is bad news for dandruff and its fungal origins, but good news for you!

Simply mix rosemary oil with a carrier oil and apply it to the scalp several times per week to see if you notice a reduction in dandruff flakes.

Mother and daugher use essential oil

3. Rosemary for Shiny Hair

Putting the damper on dullness, this super oil may help to soften and smooth your locks and make your hair glisten. Although not yet proven by scientific studies, many people use plant essential oils to increase hair shine.

Check out how to make your own rosemary oil on the @tomsofmaine DIY Naturally board on Pinterest!

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Why It's Good

Rosemary is a super oil that has abundant therapeutic properties. Incorporating it into your hair care routine may yield restorative relief and beautiful, thriving hair.