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Rosemary oil for hair growth

Rosemary oil for hair growth

Medical Director Dr. Hans-Georg Dauer

12 min

February 6, 2024

You've probably heard of rosemary: this delicious aromatic herb, also known as rosmarinus officinalis, which adds a lemony flavour to our dishes! But did you know that this Mediterranean herb has many other qualities in addition to its culinary talents? Indeed, rosemary and its powerful flavour are widely used in medicine in the form of infusions or essential oils. It is also an effective remedy for hair growth. Rosemary has recently become a star of the social networks, with a number of videos on TikTok, and in this article we're going to share all its secrets with you!

The history of rosemary

Rosemary has been recognised for its many virtues since ancient times: the Greeks dedicated rosemary to the goddess of love Aphrodite, brides wore it as a crown and it was also placed in the cradle of newborns, considered a good luck charm. The Egyptians placed rosemary in the tomb of their deceased to strengthen their souls. It is also said that the Queen of Hungary cured her rheumatism with a rosemary leaf based perfume...

So there's no shortage of myths and legends about this plant! But what are the real facts?

The medicinal virtues of rosemary

A few drops of rosemary essential oil can be very beneficial for the body, and here are just a few of its main virtues:

Antioxidant properties: rosemary contains rosmarinic acid and carnosol, two powerful antioxidants that neutralise free radicals and improve skin health.

Anti-inflammatory properties: rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties that effectively relieve certain conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis and joint pain.

Antibacterial properties: thanks to its antimicrobial properties, rosemary can prevent infections by preventing the spread of bacteria and fungi.

Circulatory properties: romain promotes good blood circulation, blood flow and low blood pressure. It also promotes circulation in the scalp.

Digestive properties: Romaine has long been used to relieve bloating and stomach ache in the event of digestive problems.

Capillary benefits: we'll come back to this in more detail below, but romaine is widely recognised for its numerous benefits for the hair (shine, anti-dandruff, hair regrowth, itchy scalp, etc.).

The benefits of rosemary oil for the hair


Rosemary oil help to sooth the scalp thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, reducing itching on the scalp. It can be used as a scalp treatment.

Hair growth

Used at the root of the hair, Rosemary hair oil stimulates the hair follicles, promoting hair growth. The rosemary hair oil also contains some carnosic acid which is know to heal damages.

Hair loss

As well as promoting hair growth, rosemary essential oil is also used to combat hair loss, alopecia and baldness. However, its effectiveness is not yet proven, and we recommend combining its use with other more proven hair loss treatments such as minoxidil Rogaine.

Hair shine

Used as a lotion or in a shampoo, Roman oil helps to make the hair fibre shinier.

Other hair oils to know

While rosemary oil has many benefits for the hair, it can also be used in combination with other hair oils:

Castor oil

Castor oil is without doubt the most popular oil when it comes to hair oils. Renowned since ancient times, it is used in many hair care products to promote hair growth for thinning hair, as well as eyelashes and eyebrows. It can be applied alone to the hairline, eyelashes and eyebrows, or combined with peppermint essential oil to prevent itching if you have a sensitive scalp, or with Borage vegetable oil to revitalise the hair fibre.

Be careful, castor oil is very rich! It therefore requires very good cleansing: shampoo, conditioner and, above all, an excellent rinse!

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is a great ally if your hair lacks vitality. This carrier oil has a composition similar to the sebum we produce naturally. It is suitable for all hair types: it deeply moisturises dry hair and also helps to rebalance the scalp of oily hair.

Jojoba oil also has a multi-functional role, helping to combat dandruff, frizz and itching. Rich in vitamins B, C and E, it also strengthens the hair fibre and promotes hair growth.

Jojoba oil is non-greasy and can generally be used without rinsing after treatment. It’s your perfect ally for healthy hair.

Argan oil

Native to Morocco, argan oil has been used for centuries by North African women to maintain their magnificent hair. Argan oil is a 'magic oil' because of its extraordinary composition: vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids... It has all the right active ingredients to effectively protect hair from external aggressions (pollution, UV rays, salt water, styling products, etc.) and prevent from breakage.

Its high hydrating power also means it intensely moisturises hair from root to tip, while restoring shine and lustre. It is suitable for all hair types and can be used as a mask or as a leave-in treatment and even as a part of you skincare routine.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a multifunctional oil. Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, it contributes to the well-being of our hair and body! Extremely moisturising, coconut oil deeply nourishes the hair while protecting it from external aggression thanks to a light film. And to make matters worse, its sweet fragrance will naturally perfume your hair.

However, be careful not to overdo it if you have fine hair, and apply the oil to the lengths and ends instead. We recommend using it as a mask and rinsing your hair thoroughly afterwards.

You can find all these oils in organic cooperatives or on the internet. We particularly recommend the Mielle brand (especially the Rosemary Mint range), available on Amazon and specialising in natural hair products. Also don’t forget that oil although they’re natural could give you skin irritation. Always make a patch test before use.

Rosemary oil, your new ally for radiant hair

Rosemary oil is much more than just a culinary herb. Over the centuries, it has transcended the boundaries of cooking to become a prized ingredient in traditional medicine, aromatherapy and cosmetics. Thanks to its many virtues, both for health and hair beauty, rosemary oil offers a natural and versatile solution for your hair health.

In addition to its soothing properties for the scalp and its effectiveness in stimulating hair growth, rosemary oil is now an essential part of your hair routine. But it's not your only ally. Castor oil, jojoba oil, argan oil and coconut oil complete the palette of natural hair care products, each offering its own specific benefits.

Whether you're looking to relieve itching, promote shine, stimulate growth or simply revitalise your hair, rosemary oil, combined with other natural oils, is an effective option that's also kind to your health and the environment. By incorporating these precious natural resources into your new best hair care routine, you can give your hair the attention it deserves, while enjoying the benefits it has inherited from nature over the centuries. For even more result on your hair buildup, we recommend you to also use hair supplements.