Benefits and Uses of Rosemary Essential Oil + Hair Growth DIY

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Rosemary 1,8 Cineole essential Oil bottle

The Incredible Benefits and Uses of Rosemary Essential Oil

When you open your bottle of Rosemary Essential Oil, you might expect to smell something similar to the herb we all know and love so much. But you would be wrong! Rosemary has a much more camphorous, fresh and crisp aroma that is stimulating and warm. The 1,8 Cineole content, an essential oil constituent, makes this oil particularly well suited for respiratory issues. This constituent is also prevalent in Eucalyptus, Niaouli, Camphor, and Balm Mint Bush (all of which are known for their respiratory benefits). But Rosemary has so much more to offer than just better breathing. Let’s look at everything this fresh essential oil brings to the table.

Hair Growth & Scalp Health

Spend any amount of time in the essential oil world and you’ll probably hear that Rosemary is great for hair. While there are several essential oils that will help with issues like shine or dandruff, Rosemary is at the top of the list when it comes to hair loss. According to a couple of studies, Rosemary was able to promote hair growth in those suffering from DHT-related hair loss (aka… male pattern baldness). [1,2] It’s important to know the results did take up to 6 months for noticeable improvement. So if you decide to use Rosemary for hair, know that it’ll take some time.

One of the easiest ways to use Rosemary Essential Oil for hair is to add it to an unscented shampoo. We recommend using no more than a 1% dilution for regular daily use, and it helps keep the shampoo from breaking down. You can also combine Rosemary with other hair and scalp-loving essential oils like Cedarwood and Lavender to promote healthy hair. Try diluting Rosemary in a carrier oil like Argan and massaging onto the scalp, at least 10 minutes before shampooing your hair. For a slightly less greasy option, you can even incorporate a few spritzes of Rosemary Hydrosol into your hair care routine.

Rosemary sprigs next to bottles of oils

DIY Hair Growth Scalp Massage Oil

If you’re committed to helping boost your hair growth, we’ve got you covered. This simple DIY can be incorporated into your hair care routine. Plus if you have more time, be sure to incorporate a good scalp massage as research suggests that even that extra stimulation can help with hair growth. For those with longer hair, you can even use more of this oil to coat your hair strands and let it add some extra moisture.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Combine essential oils in the carrier oils. Pour a small amount into your palm and massage onto your scalp at least 10 minutes before shampooing. Use 2-3 times per week.

Better Breathing & Clear Concentration

As we already mentioned, the 1,8 Cineole content in Rosemary Essential Oil makes it a great choice to help whenever you’re feeling stuffed up, allergies are especially bad, or seasonal illnesses are making the rounds. Use Rosemary in a clearing diffuser blend, a personal inhaler, or even diluted in a carrier oil for a chest rub. 

Rosemary is also incredibly stimulating to the senses. In addition to clearing your breathing, it can help improve focus, boost memory retention and keep you alert. Next time you have a study session or big work project, keep Rosemary nearby to help keep your brain at its best.

Warmth for Sore Muscles

Like many herbaceous oils, Rosemary is warming when applied topically and helpful with sore muscles and inflammation. It can help increase circulation and provide warmth to the skin and underlying muscles. Dilute it to as much as 4% in a carrier oil or lotion and massage onto your sore muscles after a long day or hard workout. It can also be added to an unscented body wash, combined with Epsom salts, and poured into the bath for a truly exceptional soak. 


What are your favorite ways to use Rosemary Essential Oil? Let us know in the comments below!




17 thoughts on “The Incredible Benefits and Uses of Rosemary Essential Oil”

  • I’m really hopeful about rosemary essential oil in my hair regrowth journey. Nothing triggers insecurity like hair thinning. While it feels catastrophic for women, I know the same holds true for men. Hair loss is a true self confidence killer for everyone.

    I purchased Plant Therapy’s organic rosemary, atlas cedarwood, organic lavender and organic peppermint I’m hopes of reviving my scalp. This blog entry is very helpful. I have been using olive oil as the carrier oil. Does anyone know if this is a poor choice in carrier oil for the purpose of hair regrowth/hair strengthening? I want use the most effective ingredients.

    1. You can add the EO to any shampoo, just keep in mind that the Rosemary scent will change the aroma of your shampoo if it is already scented.

  • I made a spritzer with 1/3 of Witch Hazel, 2/3 distilled water and 10-15 drops of Rosemary. I am using it to spray on scalp and rub in, for in-between shampoos. Feels refreshing, and I’m experimenting. This I thought would be good when you don’t have time to be putting the oil on your scalp.

  • I add a little to my shampoo when I wash my hair. I need to find ways to incorporate it more in my life.

  • I already use rosemary while shampooing my hair. As a teacher I use it regularly to avoid the lice that may come in with students.

  • Thank you for the hair growth recipe! I’ve been needing something to help with my thinning hair for awhile.

    1. Thank you for reaching out to Plant Therapy. I would be happy to help. Since diabetic nephropathy is a diagnosed medical condition, the US Food and Drug Administration regulations forbid us from specifically addressing your concerns. Some oils that are recommended are Black Pepper, Chamomile Roman, Sweet marjoram, Melissa, and Peppermint. You can use the oils individually or make a master blend to apply to the areas of concern. I would recommend a 2 to 3% dilution. Great carrier oil for this is Aloe Vera Jelly as it is super penetrating into the skin. I hope this information helps.

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