Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub with leaves similar to hemlock needles. It is native to the Mediterranean and Asia but is reasonably hardy in cool climates. It can withstand droughts, surviving a severe lack of water for lengthy periods. Forms range from upright to trailing; the upright forms can reach 1.5 m (5 ft.) tall, rarely 2 m (6 ft.). The leaves are evergreen, 2–4 cm (0.8–1.6 in) long and 2–5 mm broad, green above, and white below, with dense, short, wooly hair. The plant flowers in spring and summer in temperate climates, but the plants can be in constant bloom in warm climates; flowers are white, pink, purple or deep blue. Rosemary also has a tendency to flower outside its normal flowering season; it has been known to flower as late as early December, and as early as mid-February (in the northern hemisphere).
Health Benefits of Rosemary:
For centuries, one of the most common medicinal uses for rosemary has involved improving memory, not just for the flavor it adds to food. This herb, especially the flower tops, contains antibacterial and antioxidant Rosmarinic acid, plus several essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, boranyl acetate, and α-pinene that are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.
Most recipes call for a few teaspoons of rosemary rather than 100 grams, but the above chart indicates the balance of nutrients, which are many. The same amount provides 16% of the daily value of vitamin A for free radical-zapping antioxidant properties, vision protection, healthy skin and mucous membranes, and increased protection from lung and mouth cancers. Mostly renowned for fighting infection, the vitamin C content synthesizes collagen, the protein required for optimal blood vessels, organs, skin, and bones.
Manganese, another of the more prominent minerals in rosemary, plays such a critical antioxidant role in the body – specifically aided by its cofactor superoxide dismutase that it’s associated with lowering the risk of cancer, specifically breast cancer.
Rosemary also contains iron and potassium (a component of cell and body fluids which help control Heart rate and blood pressure). There’s also fiber, copper, calcium, and magnesium, and an abundance of B vitamins, such as pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, folates, useful for DNA synthesis and for women just prior to conception, which helps prevent neural tube defects in newborns.
Rosemary Oil For Hair Growth:
When applied over the scalp rosemary essential oil helps stimulate hair growth. Many people also claim that it can prevent baldness, slows graying, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp. After testing a hair lotion that he patented, Francesc Casadó Galcerá found that a mixture of hops, rosemary, and Swertia and found some pretty remarkable results:
- A 22.4% increases in new hair growth.
- An increase in “rapid” hair growth.
- An increase in microcirculation of the scalp, which promotes healing.
- An improvement in the ability of hair to resist traction.
- A decrease in hair loss after shampooing
For ages, rosemary has been linked with hair growth in many cultures.
Some early research shows that applying a combination of
- Rosemary oil,
- Lavender, thyme and
- Cedar wood oil, to the scalp, can help improve hair growth
In one study, people with a disease where hair falls out in patches (alopecia areata) experienced significant hair regrowth when they massaged their scalps with rosemary and other essential oils compared to those who just massaged their scalps with no oils. However, the study was poorly designed, UMM points out, so researchers aren’t sure if the rosemary was responsible for the hair growth.
Other ways to make rosemary hair rinse:
- Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment:
Hot oil treatments are a great way to deep-condition your hair. The process is time efficient and requires minimal ingredients. It is one of the best ways to tackle dry and damaged hair while improving scalp health.
- Rosemary Leave-in Conditioner:
Using rosemary as a leave-in conditioner will leave your hair feeling glossy and soft while it improves the blood circulation in your scalp, promoting hair growth. This is also a good treatment for people who have itchy or dandruff-ridden scalps.
- Rosemary Water for Hair Growth (Rosemary Hair Rinse):
Using a rosemary hair rinse will make your hair shiny and manageable. It will also stimulates your scalp, preventing hair loss.
- Rosemary Shampoo for Hair Growth:
Using a rosemary shampoo is one of the easiest ways to promote hair growth. Throw in a few of your favorite essential oils and you have your own personalized hair growth boosting shampoo.
- Rosemary Vinegar:
Sometimes, slow hair growth can be caused due to building up of dirt and product residue. The dirt and product build up may clog your follicles and also form deposits on your hair shaft. A good way to tackle this is using a rosemary vinegar rinse.