Although famous for its culinary uses, Rosemary offers numerous benefits that extend far beyond cookbooks. This woody evergreen contains nutrients and organic compounds that improve not only our internal health but also external beauty. This is why many cosmetic companies are incorporating extracts from this herb in their products, particularly hair care.
How Hair Benefits From Rosemary
Boosts Hair Growth
We all want lush, voluminous hair so seeing clumps of hair fall out can be alarming. While hair loss is a result of multiple factors, it can be avoided by treating the scalp with a stimulating oil rich in Iron and Magnesium, such as Rosemary Oil. Iron and Magnesium are essential for producing hemoglobin, the protein molecule in our blood that carries oxygen and essential nutrients to all tissues of the body – including the hair follicles. Without ample blood and nutrition, the hair follicles are unable to support hair growth, causing the hair to wither and fall out.
When applied, Rosemary Oil penetrates the scalp and stimulates the microcapillaries, enhancing blood flow to the hair follicles.1 This enables the hair to complete its growth cycle. We recommend integrating essential oils with rosemary, such as Oway Strengthening Essential Oil Blend, in your hair treatment routine to prevent hair loss and boost growth.
Conditions and Calms Frizz
Don’t you just hate it when you walk out the door with sleek, beautiful hair and minutes later it turns into one huge, frizzy mess? Each hair strand is covered with cuticle scales that overlap like roof shingles. When hair is dehydrated, these scales rise, allowing more moisture to escape. Unlike chemically based moisturizers that stay only on the surface of the hair, oils like Rosemary Oil penetrate and seals the hair shaft to retain moisture. Apart from that, Rosemary Oil is almost weightless in texture, so it doesn’t weigh the hair down.
Dandruff can be caused by dry or oily scalp. When the scalp is dry, it becomes flaky and itchy due to loss of moisture. This means that you may be suffering from Vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A aids in the production of sebum, replenishing it with enough moisture to keep the pH of the scalp balanced. Using shampoos and conditioners with Rosemary, like Oway Purifying Hair Bath for Dry Scalp, can alleviate the flakiness and itch through its vitamin and antibacterial properties.
Blow-drying, curling, or flattening—even shampooing—daily can put the hair under so much stress, causing it to lose its natural oils and become brittle. This is why it’s important that we replenish the hair back to its healthy state with proteins and vitamins.
Rosemary is an excellent source of Vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant when used as a component in hair care products. It protects the hair from free radicals—including harsh chemicals–causing the damage. Vitamin C is also a building block for collagen2, a structural protein that keeps the hair strong and healthy. To reverse the damage, we recommend treating hair with a hair mask infused with Rosemary, like Smooth Rituals Healing Hair Mask.
How Rosemary Improves Your Mood & Performance
Aside from its nutrient content, Rosemary is also hailed for its mental and cognitive benefits. A common ingredient in aromatherapy essential oil blends, this woody herb contains phytochemicals that help improve memory and mood.3
Thus, incorporating Rosemary in hair treatments will not only keep hair and scalp problems at bay but also create a relaxing atmosphere, especially when combined with other essential oils like lavender. Oway Flowerfall is made from a fusion of mood-boosting ingredients such as biodynamic lavender, rosemary, and rose, which help create a soothing spa experience.
The list of health benefits Rosemary provides is not even remotely close to this list. But isn’t it amazing that everything we need to improve our hair’s health is just sitting on our kitchen counters? If you don’t have Rosemary at home, you can always rely on organic beauty products to keep your locks in tip-top shape.
1 Panahi, Y et al. (2015). Rosemary oil vs minoxidil 2% for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia: a randomized comparative trial. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25842469
2 Telang, P.S. (2013). Vitamin C in dermatology. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673383/#ref2
3 Moss, M. et al. (2003). Aromas of rosemary and lavender essential oils differentially affect cognition and mood in healthy adults. Available: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10808709_Aromas_of_rosemary_and_lavender_essential_oils_differentially_affect_cognition_and_mood_in_healthy_adults