While conditioners and serums are both great ways to manage the texture of your hair, you can also supplement your hair care regimen with essential oils. Different essential oils will have different effects upon the hair and scalp; peppermint helps to stimulate scalp circulation, for example, while chamomile can soften the hair strands. If you’re trying to grow your hair out long and strong, we recommend trying rosemary oil. This underappreciated essential oil can help to boost your hair growth from the follicle while toning and conditioning your hair.

Benefits of rosemary oil for hair

The most impressive property of rosemary oil its ability to boost hair growth, and even reverse hair loss. While more evidence is needed in order to definitively prove these findings, early studies have shown that rosemary oil can help to reverse common forms of hair loss, such as male pattern baldness.

Why is rosemary oil so effective at promoting hair growth? First of all, rosemary oil helps to improve circulation to your scalp–and healthy scalp circulation means that your blood will be delivering lots of important nutrients to your hair follicles. Rosemary oil also has anti-inflammatory properties to improve scalp health. Finally, it contains antioxidants, which can help to heal damage to the skin and hair.

Rosemary oil can help to nourish the scalp and hair shaft in many ways, making it a great addition to anyone’s hair care toolkit. If you’re trying to grow out your hair, or if you’re worried about hair loss, then rosemary oil might be especially beneficial for you.

How to use rosemary oil for hair

The easiest way to experience the benefits of rosemary oil is by investing in a natural shampoo that contains this essential oil. Some of our favorite options are Avalon Organics’  Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo and Brandless’ Green Tea & Aloe Moisturizing Shampoo.

You could also try making a DIY serum hair mask with rosemary oil. To make this DIY hair mask, you’ll need pure rosemary oil, castor oil, and one egg. These nurturing ingredients will help to boost hair growth and improve the strength of your hair shafts. In a small bowl, combine the egg with 1-2 tablespoons of castor oil and about 5 drops of rosemary oil. Whisk everything together until all of the ingredients are blended evenly. To use the mask, apply a thick coating over your entire scalp, and massage it gently into your skin. Let it sit for 30-40 minutes, then wash it out with your favorite shampoo. Use this hair mask once every week or two for optimal results.

Finally, if you prefer a more low-key approach, you can dilute rosemary oil with a carrier oil–such as castor oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil–and massage it gently into your scalp as an overnight hair treatment. It’s important to dilute the rosemary oil with a carrier oil (about 2 drops of rosemary oil per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil) to ensure that the potent essential oil doesn’t irritate your scalp.