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Rosemary Hair Rinse: Darkens Hair, Stimulates Growth

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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. 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.

This wonderful herb offers strong antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic effects. Plus it’s showing promise against candida albicans – a type of yeast which causes dandruff. And therefore it’s a useful home remedy for treating dandruff, itchiness, and scalp irritation.

Rosemary LeavesDrinking rosemary tea is said to improve the memory. In olden times rosemary was referred to as remembrance herb – 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).

So, there are some amazing reasons for us to douse our hair with Rosemary Hair Rinse! Let’s get started…

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 thyme, lavender flowers or marshmallow root for extra boost.


Optional add-ins

  • 1 tablespoon fresh Thyme or 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme leaves ( stimulates hair follicles and adds luster to your hair)
  • 2 teaspoons 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 helps with detangling)
  • 1 teaspoon Almond or Argan oil (useful for dry hair)


Bring the water to a boil, then add rosemary leaves (and thyme, 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, then add the lavender essential 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.

I use this rinse or this one 2 to 3 times a week, either after a homemade shampoo (I prefer hair rinse to a conditioner, which I haven’t used in ages) or post exercise. This nourishing rinse adds shine and body to my fine hair and it’s also soothing and refreshing to my scalp. And I love the way my hair looks and smells.

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!

Have you tried this rinse before? Do you use any other herbal rinse? Any tips for the newbies, please share in the comments below…


Leave a Comment:

Cyndi says

Hi! Love your article. I tried this rinse for the first time today and will continue to do so. I would like to know if you have any knowledge about using tomato as a hair mask. My mother and grandmother highly recommend it, but can I alternate it with the rosemary rinse?

    Minaz says

    Hi Cyndi, I have heard of tomato hair mask, but never really tried it. If you do use it let us know, it will help other readers as well 🙂

Robin says

I have devoted sticky hair, ends sticky, diagnosed as age and hot water related sebbhporia dermatitis, Sick of using the allopathic shampoos, a homeopath recommended Rosemary rinse, Any ideas and info.

Does this mean it will eb chronic because I am over 70 and being in climate eased up California

    Minaz says

    Hello Robin, I would try rosemary hair rinse. The medicated shampoos don’t work for everyone. You can also give this homemade shampoo a try.

Michele says

Is rosemary oil safe to use on color treated hair? I recently darkened my hair and I don’t want to strip the color so soon. Thanks!

Jenny says

I read to add cedar wood oil to the rosemary rinse, do you recommend and what is the benefit of it?

P says

Grey hair…i have read that prunes, ha…help delay the onset of grey hair also…as well as estrogen foods for females and testosterone foods for males and the u.s.a government pyramid diet…they forgot, drink plenty of water and exercise and salt and pepper and good oils, perhaps.

Hossein says

Hi mihnaz, I have a question.
Is it possible that rosemary bring back lost hair?
I am becoming bald and want to use rosemary for regrowth.

    Minaz says

    Hi Hossein, give it a try, rosemary is one of the top herbs for hair growth.
    Also, here are some hair masks that promote growth.

    Mike says

    Hi Minaz, woudl the addition of fresh lemon help as well? Thank you.

    Minaz says

    Hi Mike, do you want to darken your hair or stimulate growth. What is your hair like?

Tripti says

Can I mix essential oil with any organic hair serum, and then apply on hair?

PammieK says

My hair is white and I don’t want to darken it. Will this rinse make it too dark?

    Minaz says

    Yes it can darken your hair. Other herbs that don’t affect the hair colour are: lavender, marshmallow root, horsetail grass, thyme, nettle, basil, elder flower.

David says

I accidentally boiled dried Rosemary for 1 Hour when preparing a hair rinse. Are there any problems with this – health, nutrient value etc.

    Minaz says

    Hi David, I am replying late. But it’s okay to use it. What did you do in the end?

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