Hair loss or thinning can be caused by a number of reasons including genetics, the aging process, or an illness. Use this homemade recipe if this applies to you or you want to use it as a preventative measure and just to keep your hair in good health. Any topical treatments such as this one should be accompanied by healthy eating habits too for maximum long-term results. Foods that are commonly recommended to help counteract hair loss include foods rich in fatty acids (e.g. salmon, nuts), and greek yogurt, among a host of others.
Rosemary is a herb that is native to the Mediterranean where it’s been used for centuries as medicine and food. Full of flavor, it’s also full of healing properties that do wonders for the body, inside and out. As a common herb, you should be able to buy it fresh wherever you live without having to search too hard.
It’s also a fairly easy herb to grow at home and not as fussy as some of its herb counterparts. If you enjoy growing herbs at home, rosemary prefers well-drained soil and to be kept in a sunny location. You can propagate it from an existing plant by cutting a shoot and planting it directly in your garden or a pot.
If you search online or in natural remedy books for hair loss reversal remedies that you can make at home, you will no doubt come across rosemary featuring in many. It’s long been considered good for hair growth and in recent years studies have been conducted to back up these claims and investigate why it helps and to what degree.
Today, we’re going to make a rosemary “tea” for your hair. If you’re losing hair this can help prevent it and can promote hair growth too so can be beneficial for just about everyone. This simple recipe is so easy to use because you only need two ingredients (rosemary and water): throw these in a pot, add the mixture to a spray bottle, and include it as part of your shower routine. I’ll show you how you prepare the recipe soon. First, let’s look at how rosemary benefits your hair and reduces hair loss.
How Does Rosemary Help Reduce Hair Loss?
There have been a number of studies conducted that demonstrate rosemary prevents or helps slow down hair loss. Other studies have even shown that rosemary stimulates hair growth. If you experience pattern baldness then it can also help you.
Rosemary is known to improve your circulation thanks to its Ursolic Acid and this can stimulate blood circulation to your scalp, which in turn helps to boost hair growth. It does this by getting more oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. The Carnosic Acid in rosemary can play a role in rejuvenating nerves and damaged nerve endings. This is also thought to be a factor in stimulating hair growth.
There are plenty of properties in rosemary that contribute to a healthy scalp and hair, leading to less hair loss and less chance of breakage too. The anti-inflammatory nature of rosemary will nourish your hair follicles and make your hair shiny. If you’re trying to grow your hair then it’s as important to keep your current hair and new hair growth healthy to reduce breakage and the need to cut your hair so frequently, which rosemary will help do. Rosemary is also known to darken gray hairs and slow the appearance of new grays.
Another great side effect of using rosemary in the hair is it reduces dandruff. If you are prone to having a dry scalp then this will give you relief as it has a moisturizing effect.
How To Make A Rosemary Spray For Your Hair
This recipe is very easy to prepare but you do need some time to extract the goodness from the rosemary while it’s on the stovetop (three hours). Preparation time is just a minute or two. Here’s what you’ll need to make this and how to go about it.
- Fresh rosemary (a handful of sprigs)
- Medium-size pot with a lid
- Wooden spoon
- Fine sieve
- Container with a lip (or funnel)
- Spray bottle
- Take a handful of rosemary sprigs and put these in your pot and cover with water
- Put the lid on your pot and turn the heat on low
- You’re going to leave it on the heat for three hours now but give it a stir once an hour
- Once the three hours is up take the pot off the heat and remove the lid
- Let it cool all the way
- Put your fine sieve over a container to catch the rosemary “tea” and pour the contents of the pot into the sieve
- You can discard the rosemary leaves and stalks
- Pour your mixture into the spray bottle and it’s ready to use
How to use it
To apply the rosemary solution to your hair, towel dry your hair after washing it then spray the rosemary water over your hair, concentrating on the scalp. Once you have sprayed your hair, massage your scalp gently. There is no need to rinse the rosemary off and you can continue with your usual post-shower routine.
While you should not experience any negative reaction you should start using this solution twice a week in the first week of use. Then you can build this up to daily use if you like or every time you wash your hair if you don’t wash it daily. This will depend on the individual of course, and the type of hair you have. If you have allergies or sensitive skin you should patch test the rosemary water on your jawline first before spraying it on your scalp.
For the best results, you should use this consistently. While you should notice shinier and healthier hair and any dryness of the scalp improves in the short term, hair growth will take longer to become evident. Be patient and remember to keep this up as part of your regular ongoing hair maintenance regime. It should be kept in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
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