A person is usually judged by his health quotient and the quality of his/her hair. There are many techniques to make one’s hair better including oiling, conditioning and long massages, as well as keratin treatment, but oiling is considered to be the most natural and useful process, although it is gradual and changes are seen after only the second or third time of oiling, still very beneficial. Other treatments are beneficial too, but they aren’t as natural as the oiling method like using Rosemary oil for hair and could have side effects, whereas oiling has none.
Hair loss and thinning of hair is something one and all face at one point of their lives or the other, due to stress and environmental factors such as pollution, not breathing enough clean air.
Not being in the right kind of environment can usually have its downsides and that often shows in the output of your body, such an uneven weight gain, loss of immunity and other such effects.
A lousy lifestyle can lead to worse health, and this can be measured out by leading a good lifestyle and exercising as well.
Causes of Hair Thinning
- Unhealthy eating habits
- Underlying medical conditions
What is Rosemary oil?
Rosemary Oil is one oil that everyone can count on, for long-lasting hair and hair regrowth as well as to moisturize the scalp. Losing hair in your teens, 20’s or even 30’s during your peak can be very stressful and can lead to a lot of bad moods, tantrums and lousy workspace environment with your colleagues. So why let something so trivial or unneeded affect vital parts of your life when you can make changes as soon as genes start to play wrong.
Rosemary oil, also called as Rosmarinus Officinalis is extracted from Rosemary, which is a woody- perennial herb with needle-like leaves and blue, white, pink, purple flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean region. The plant is also called Anthos and has a fibrous root system. Since it is attractive, Rosemary is used as an ornamental plant in gardens to make other plants look beautiful. It almost adds a summer look to any garden.
Why use Rosemary Oil for Hair
Not just known for its fragrance and smell, it has incredible healing ability on both skin and hair. Mostly skin, as it gives a soft texture to those who use the oil regularly. It is also capable of making hair very strong, avoids thinning of the hair and also gives it a fragrant, fresh look.
The oil also avoids giving an oily, leftover look like some other oils and is therefore preferred by avid users. It is also preferred as it has a thinner, more liquid texture than some of the other oils which are too thick and hence cause sagginess.
How to use Rosemary Oil for Hair
Massage it directly on to your scalp
Take about five drops of the oil massage it evenly on to your scalp, caressing down to the tips and repeat the same process. Leave it on for better results or wash it off in 10-15 minutes after the massage, to get soft, silky hair.
Add it to your shampoo
Add rosemary oil to your shampoo to give your hair a robust rose-like fragrance. Be careful not to add too many drops as this may cause decomposition of the shampoo and may lead to side effects.
Use a diffuser
Get a hair dryer with a diffuser or if you already have one, add a few drops of rosemary oil to it and then use the dryer on your hair gently, also leaving behind traces of the rosemary oil on to your scalp and hair as a leave-in conditioner.
Use a vaporizer
Buy a vaporizer yourself or go to a beauty salon, where the expert will help you with the use of a vaporizer, this allows for the essentials and the multivitamins of the oil to reach deep within your scalp, giving you better hair and also strong hair follicles, avoiding hair fall and enhancing hair growth.
How to make Rosemary Oil at home
Although it is preferable to purchase Rosemary oil and then use it, for the purists in the game, there is an alternative method which is to make it at home yourself. Be careful to get the components and the process right to get the best effects of the oil for adequate results and the final result. There are two types of Rosemary oil that you can make – Fresh Rosemary Oil and Dried Rosemary Oil.
Fresh Rosemary oil
- Wash Rosemary leaves to make sure there’s no left-over soil or dirt, separate the leaves from the stem and set them aside.
- Bring them to the boiling pot that has oil, add all the Rosemary leaves to the pot and don’t over-heat them, bring them to a decent boil until you the see oil oozing out the leaves.
- Use a strainer and a separator to collect the oil that is deposited on top of the other oil which by then is very rich in quality
- Empty the collected oil into a nozzle dispenser that you can useably for oiling your hair or skin.
- Refrigerate the oil, all oils made out of herbs should be refrigerated for a week at the most before use.
Dried Rosemary Oil
1) Take a small jar, which is not exposed to air
2) Put the dried Rosemary leaves in this jar, make sure you don’t overload the pot as you’ll need space for the oil you’re about to add in
3) Add olive oil or another oil with not much fragrance in this jar and wait till the oil soaks in all the rosemary fragrance and qualities
4) Close the pot with its lid and set it to dry in the sun, make sure the place is warm and devoid of moisture or any water exposure.
In case you are purchasing dried Rosemary leaves, that should be perfect, or if you’re one for the process of it, buy fresh Rosemary leaves and then dry them at home yourself. Although not prescribed, this is done by a few people who want to get the best experience out of making their oils.
How to dry Rosemary leaves for the second method
1) Separate the Rosemary strands d placed them in single layers on a baking sheet, make sure not to overcrowd them.
2) Preheat your oven at the lowest setting for 10 minutes and then place the Rosemary Leaves in the oven for 3-4 hours, make sure not to heat them too much this will cause loss of fragrance and potency.
3) It should be ready to crumble in your hands when you lay your fingers on them, that’s when you know they’re prepared for the process of making Rosemary oil yourself.
4) Go onto the process of making Rosemary Oil as prescribed in the second method above.
Side effects and Precautions
There are incredible benefits of using Rosemary oil for hair loss, but there are also some possible side effects, such as
Rosemary oil can cause toxicity
High levels of this oil must never be consumed or ingested especially in people with a predisposition for allergies from cooking in essential oils. Such persons must do adequate research before using Rosemary oil.
Blood Sugar Levels
Rosemary oil may raise blood sugar levels but can be dangerous in patients with diabetes or hypoglycemia. If you have diabetes or hypoglycemia, ask your doctor before using rosemary oil. If you are using rosemary oil and suspect it may be raising your blood sugar, check it immediately and if so, contact a physician.
Excessive usage or unauthorized use of Rosemary oil can cause dermatitis or other skin problems.
If you are prone to allergic reactions from substances you are unfamiliar to, you could get rashes or an asthma attack.
Other Home Remedies for hair thinning
- Use Rosemary oil in your cooking, but only use a small measure to avoid getting blisters in your stomach as they contain camphor and other toxic chemicals. Refrain from excessive usage.
- Use it to lubricate your hair thoroughly and to avoid scalp irritation, user smaller amounts.
- Buy a fragrance dispenser and use a Rosemary Oil essence to give your room a beautiful aroma, most massage centers use this aroma to get the best out of the atmosphere.
- Use it as a leave-in conditioner after washing your hair with shampoo, for an excellent aromatic exposure to air, giving you and your partner a more excellent reason to make love.
Therefore, it can be said that Rosemary Oil for hair is one of the best essential oils out there. It has a variety of uses and has been voted one of the best oils to use at home.
Moreover, Rosemary Oil soaps are a big hit among people, so are Rosemary essence candles which go superbly along with candle-light dinners and similar such setups. Its benefits on the hair are only magnificent and had been vouched for by many a customer, who don’t usually have many bad things to say about the oil.