They say hair is the crown of a head. Well, they got it right. Nowadays, people can see many hair products such as shampoo or conditioner are sold in the store. Before those shampoos and conditioners are around, some turn to their garden for plants that met all their beauty needs especially, hair. There are many types of herb that can make woman’s hair healthy and silky and one of them is rosemary.
Rosemary seems to be all purpose. This green in appearance with thin, needle-like leaves with a deep, aromatic smell gives so many contributions to hair. People mostly use rosemary oil for hair treatment because the oil has many components for hair growth. In most cases, the rosemary oil is able to replenish lost nutrient and even fight infections that cause hair to fall out at the scalp. By massaging the oil into your scalp, it will help the root to grow hair again.
Chemicals contained in rosemary that acts as hair treatment
There are certain chemicals contained in rosemary that gives many contributions to help the hair growth. There are at least four benefits that rosemary can contribute to your hair health and growth. Those four benefits are:
An antioxidant is a good chemical for eliminating the free radical in the body and blood vessels. Free radicals can also one of the causes for hair loss and most people get that from environmental factors, such as pollution. By using rosemary, the antioxidant inside it can help combating these free radicals and faster the hair growth.
When rosemary is applied to the scalp while massaging it well, it can help stimulate the root of hair follicles to growth faster. This can happen because rosemary also boosts the blood circulation at the scalp area. With more vigorous blood flow towards the hair root, the hair will grow faster.
Fight oiliness in the oily hair
You might find this idea as a joke. That’s understandable. It may seem strange, right? Oil can actually make the hair less oily. Seriously? It might be true if you don’t know about another benefit of rosemary. The rosemary oil actually can cut through the oiliness of the hair, making the scalp cleaner and healthier. Why is this important? If the scalp becomes clog with oil and dirt, it will create a plug around the root, therefore; stop the hair growth. Rosemary oil can prevent and clean that clogs, resulting in a clean scalp that allows hair to grow freely.
It’s common to get inflammatory in the scalp area. That is caused by poor diet or poor circulation and inflamed scalp also another contributor to stopping the growth of the hair and hair fall. Rosemary is proved to be effective in reducing inflammation, therefore; it helps promote the hair growth and stop the hair loss.
Rosemary might not be easy to find in Asia since the Asian are rarely use this herb in their everyday life but very common in Europe especially, in Italy. You can still find rosemary in a big grocery store which sells import things. Of course, it will be a bit pricey but considering all the benefits that you get for your hair, it’s worth buying if you find one in your area.
The best way to use rosemary for your hair treatment
Just like all herbs, there are many different ways to apply rosemary. It can be applied externally to the hair and scalp or internally by drinking it. For external use, both fresh and dried one can be used. Some extract it into oil. For internal use, like drinking or cooking, it is recommended to use the fresh one. People usually use it as an infusion like tea. The other makes it into vinegar. Whether external or internal, both can bring benefits to your hair but external used mostly bring faster improvement.
Where can I get the rosemary oil?
Obviously, the easiest way to get it is by purchasing rosemary essential oil in store. Then, you can add few drops to another kind of oil which you use daily such as olive oil. The second option is to make it yourself. All you need to do is buy fresh rosemary and crush then squeeze within your hands to bring out the aroma. Then, put the crushed herb into a container (glass bottle, jars, etc) and pour out your choice of oil (recommended olive oil for best result) into the container. Now, put the container in a cool, away from the sunshine and allow it to steep for 2-4 weeks. After that, you can apply this rosemary infused oil to your hair and scalp whenever you want by massaging it gently from your scalp to your hair evenly and let it sit for about 20 minutes before washing and rinsing your hair thoroughly. Repeat this process for a week to get a healthy, silky and shiny hair.
It will bring many benefits if you can add rosemary into your daily or weekly hair treatment routine. Not only it will make your hair healthier, shinier and silkier, with periodic use of rosemary infused oil or rosemary oil, your hair will grow at a more rapid rate. This is good news for those who want to have thick hair or long hair. In addition, rosemary also contains chemicals that work as antioxidant, stimulant and anti-inflammatory which resulted in enhancing the overall health of the scalp. Remember when your scalp healthy, your hair will be healthy, too. What are you waiting for? Try it out!