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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. And 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.

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 basil, lavender flowers or marshmallow root for extra boost.


Optional add-ins

  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1/2 tablespoon dried basil 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 basil, 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.

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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:

Freya says

Thanks for this recipe and great info! I’m wondering if you know the ‘shelf life’ of rosemary and ACV hair rinse? How long does it keep for?


Erika Castro says

I definitely will try the rinse

Nelson says

Love your Article while ago did spray with water I used everyday thank you for Article

Sudha says

Hi Minaz,
My hair care routine seems to be improving my hair texture (shikakai shampoo). Thanks a lot again. Just wanted to check… I made rosemary hair rinse but the concoction was light unlike the one shown in ur picture. I used dry rosemary & no additives. What could be the issue ?

    Minaz says

    Hi Sudha, I wouldn’t worry too much about the colour.

    Sharon says

    Sudha, yours was a light brown because you just used the dried rosemary leaves. The collie turns like the one in the picture when boiled with the stalk.

Margarita anaya says

Hi there how are used ladies and guys and I just real want to know if rosemary really work 100%to stop loss hair and regrown your hair back and thank you god bless used all amen 777. can call me or send me a email .

Archana Malhotra says

Tons of grey hair and always wondering how to reduce the rate:) Will make a batch and use and try to use it after workouts and leave it in and let you k ow the results! Having long hair makes it difficult to wash them out after every excercise session and so sweat and grime make it greasy, smelly and i am left with an itchy scalp.
So excited to try it out.

    Minaz says

    Happy to know you like it! Do share how rosemary works for you.

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