Rosemary Rinse to Stimulate Hair Growth and Darken Grey Hair (How It Works and How to Apply) - hair buddha
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Rosemary Rinse to Stimulate Hair Growth and Darken Grey Hair (How It Works and How to Apply)

Rosemary Hair Rinse

Rosemary is one of the most beneficial herbs for your hair.

I have been using rosemary hair rinse for about 3 months now. I am not sure if it has changed the colour of my hair – I henna dye every month – but it surely has changed the colour of my white tumbler (which I use to pour the rinse) to light brown. Although, I see lots of tiny new hair sprouting all over my head recently. And I also noticed that I am shedding less hair.

Rosemary contains ursolic acid which helps to increase scalp circulation – this means more oxygen and nutrients will be sent right to your hair follicles, and that in turn promotes healthy hair growth.

Home Remedies for Grey Hair

This aromatic herb has been traditionally known to darken gray and also slow the appearance of grey hairs.

Due to its high antioxidant content, it scavenges free radicals and hydrogen peroxide, which are responsible for greying as well as hair thinning. Rosemary also revitalizes hair, removes product/cal build up to leave your hair shiny and soft.

And for your scalp, this wonderful herb offers strong antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic effects. It’s effective against candida albicans – a type of yeast which causes dandruff. Thus it’s a useful home remedy for treating dandruff, itchiness, and scalp irritation.

What’s more, sniffing rosemary oil or leaves is said to improve the memory. In olden times rosemary was referred to as remembrance herb. Rosemary sprigs were given to loved ones setting out on journeys or carried at funerals as a symbol of love and happy memories. This ancient herb also calms the mind and lifts the spirits – it actually acts as an anti-depressant (Although, don’t substitute it for your medicine).

Rosemary is pretty cool! Coming back to hair, let find out how to use rosemary to darken hair and promote hair growth.

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How To Make Rosemary Hair Rinse 

This recipe is very easy to make. All you need is rosemary and water. You can also add other herbs such as sage, lavender flowers or marshmallow root for extra boost.


Optional add-ins

  • 1/2 teaspoon black tea (nourishes and darkens hair)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Lavender or 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers (balances scalp oils)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Sage leaves or 1/2 tablespoon dried sage leaves ( helps darken greying hair and promotes healthy scalp)
  • 1 tablespoon Marshmallow root (conditions, moisturises and detangles)
  • 1 teaspoon Almond or Argan oil (useful for dry hair)

Rosemary Hair Rinse


Bring the water to a boil, then add rosemary leaves (and sage, lavender flower or marshmallow root). Then reduce the heat, and simmer, covered – to avoid the loss of volatile oils in the steam for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it sit in the pot to cool. The water will turn a dark brown. You may see an oil film on the surface, and that’s ok — it’s the rosemary oil. Strain out the rosemary tea, then add the almond oil (if using) and stir to combine.

Use as a final rinse over the hair. Slowly pour the rinse over your hair and catch the drippings in the mug/pot and keep pouring them through your hair until they are all used. Massage the infusion into your scalp and hair and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly, or you can simply leave it on until the next wash. This stimulating rinse will help condition both hair and scalp.

Tip: You can use squeeze/applicator bottle for easy pouring. You will find them at beauty store or online

Post exercise rinse: If you exercise frequently or sweat a lot due to weather conditions, skip shampoo and use this rinse to keep your hair smelling fresh and clean.

Store the remaining: This quantity should do at least 2 to 4 applications depending on the length of your hair. Store it in the fridge between uses – it will keep good for up to two weeks. If it’s freezing cold and the middle of winter, add some hot water to warm it before use.

How long will it take to darken my hair? You won’t get the results overnight, as the colour will darken quite subtly and naturally. You should be able to see noticeable changes in 2 to 3 months time. I have read several places that if you do not rinse it out you will be able to see faster results. I have never tried leaving it on, but if you do, I would love to hear how it worked for you.

What other herbs can I add to this hair rinse?

This will depend on what effect are you looking for. Below I have listed down herbs according to their qualities. So when you are making a hair rinse, make sure you are doing a balance of conditioning and astringent herbs. For dry hair use more conditioning herbs and for oily hair use more astringent herbs.

Enjoy your natural hair!

Do you use Rosemary Rinse for your hair? Or any other herbal rinse? Please share in the comments below…

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