Rosemary Oil For Hair Loss

What is Rosemary?

rosemary for hair loss

Rosemary, or Rosmarinus officinalis, is a Mediterranean herb that is common in world cuisines, especially European cuisines.

Rosemary is woody, astringent, and has fragrant needle-like leaves.

Its strong flavor usually leaves it paired with lamb and chicken and gamey meats, but with the right touch, it can enhance fish and vegetable dishes as well.

Not only is it delicious, it has many medical applications. Rosemary played a prominent role in the medicines of ancient cultures, including ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece.

Dating back to Egyptian times is a custom where a sprig of rosemary is placed on someone’s tombstone.

It was also included in the embalming fluid of ancient mummies. During the bubonic plague, it was believed to offer protection and for one bundle, the price skyrocketed to the equivalent price for six pigs!

Rosemary also happens to be one of the most studied natural alternatives for hair loss treatment.

Medicinal Properties of Rosemary

medical rosemaryRosemary does a lot. It is full of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and this is useful all over our bodies.

The short list: rosemary boosts immune system, memory, improves our breath, enhances circulation, improves mood, erases blemishes, reduces stress and anxiety, and even helps regulate our bowel function!

Rosemary contains Carnosol and Carnosic acid: these are two powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds linked to reducing inflammation of muscles, blood vessels, and joints.

It also has a detoxifying effect on the body as a slight diuretic. Finally, it contains salicylic acid, the forerunner of aspirin.

Rosemary For Hair Loss

That’s all well and good, but what, exactly, does Rosemary do for our scalp health?

The main benefit from Rosemary for hair loss is in its positive effect on circulation. Technically speaking, it boosts microcapillary perfusion, which in plain language is improved blood flow in the scalp.

As we have learned previously in Penelope’s school of hair loss, stressed scalps have poor blood flow and stressed follicles, which leads to weak and shedding hair.

dandruff rosemaryImproved bloodflow means healthier, stronger follicles that bring nutrition from cells and waste away from cells.

This means more nourished, strong hair and newly-strengthened follicles that are capable of growing new hair.

Rosemary also helps eliminate dandruff, which isn’t exactly the same thing as hair loss but is a good bonus for those of us dealing with both!

Rosemary Oil vs. Minoxidil (Rogaine)

In 2015, scientists compared Rosemary and Rogaine in a 6 month study, with men and women with androgenic alopecia. After three months, there was no major change for either group.

After 6 months, both groups experienced about the same amount of positive change in new growth.

However, the group that used the Rosemary oil experienced less itching than the group that used the Rogaine.

rosemary vs rogaineWhat does this mean? It means Rosemary Oil is JUST AS EFFECTIVE as Rogaine, at least for those with androgenic alopecia. Pretty groundbreaking stuff there.

It also means, unfortunately, that sometimes it takes awhile to reverse hair loss. Think months, not weeks, to see a real difference.

This wasn’t just true for the rosemary group, this was also true for the most tried and tested medical alternative for hair loss to date, minoxidil.

To recap the important stuff:

  • In a 2015 study, Rogaine and Rosemary were equally effective in growing new hair
  • Rosemary users reported less itching and irritation than Rogaine users
  • Rosemary users avoided side effects of Rogaine including facial hair growth
  • Rosemary users got this benefit at a fraction of the cost.

Rosemary Oil Hair Growth Recipe:

rosemary oilThis one is simple.

If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where rosemary grows wild like a weed, you have endless access to fresh rosemary. Take advantage of that!

  • Crush several sprigs of fresh Rosemary to bring out the oils and aromas.
  • Put the crushed Rosemary into a GLASS bottle and dilute with pour your choice of oil (olive, coconut, almond) over top the herb.
  • Let it sit for 2-4 weeks.
  • Voila! Rosemary-infused oil.

If you don’t have fresh Rosemary or don’t want to buy it, get some Rosemary essential oil. BECAUSE you’ll be using it topically for massage, you need to dilute the essential oil – undiluted essential oils aren’t safe to apply directly to our skin.

For this, simply add a few drops of the rosemary essential oil to a teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil. Use this rosemary oil to massage your scalp every night before bed.

Enjoy the woody, grounding smell and the knowledge that you’re helping your scalp with something all natural.

Rosemary Vinegar Hair Growth Recipe

rosemary vinegarPretty similar to above! Like how easy I’m making it for you?

  • Crush several sprigs of fresh Rosemary to bring out the oils and aromas.
  • Put the crushed Rosemary into a GLASS bottle and dilute with pour your choice of vinegar  (white, apple cider).
  • Let it sit for 2-4 weeks.
  • Voila! Rosemary-infused vinegar!

Use this rosemary vinegar as a conditioning rinse that will leave your hair strong and shiny.

How to use: dilute 1/4 cup of the vinegar with a few cups of water – don’t put the undiluted vinegar directly on your scalp – it’s far too strong and acidic for that.

Overall: Rosemary Oil Deserves a Place in Your Hair Loss Arsenal

rosemary oilNow that science has shown that Rosemary is just as effective as Rogaine, at least for hair loss patients with androgenic alopecia, it’s a MUCH more affordable hair loss treatment option than most topical sprays, treatments, or shampoos.

Let’s hope you can tolerate the smell of rosemary!

A 4oz bottle of Rosemary essential oil for hair loss will last you several months, even with daily use – compare the $13 a few times a year to $40 a month for Rogaine. So – it’s good on your wallet!

For those who value eco-friendly hair loss treatments, completely vegan products, and chemical-free options, rosemary oil and rosemary vinegar are outstanding choices and will bring peace of mind.

Using fresh rosemary infusions or rosemary essential oil for your hair loss is a no-brainer. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where it grows fresh, abundantly – take advantage of that!

As always, any topical treatment needs to be combined with a quality supplement – you’ve gotta treat the causes of hair loss on the outside AND the inside.

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Any thoughts on rosemary, rosemary oil, or rosemary infusions? I’d love to hear more about your experiences, and as always your questions and any other thoughts are welcome in the comments.



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30 thoughts on “Rosemary Oil For Hair Loss”

  • 1
    Melani on October 28, 2017 Reply

    Great to know about the benefits of rosemary oil for hair health. As a woman over 40 yrs old, I face the hair thinner risk. Saved this post and shared on G+

    • 2
      Penelope on October 28, 2017 Reply

      Thanks so much for the share! And yes, unfortunately as we women age, it’s part of the natural hormonal process to experience thinning and hair loss. At least we can arm ourselves against it!

  • 3
    Kevin McNamara on October 28, 2017 Reply

    Hey Penny,

    Great post. I have very thining hair and although it doesn’t overly bother me I wouldn’t mind having more of it haha!

    I tried Rogaine for about a week many years ago. It basically did nothing. I am definitely going to give the rosemary a go. Sounds really cool and far better for the skin than Rogaine!

    Many thanks,


    • 4
      Penelope on October 28, 2017 Reply

      The problem (or maybe just reality) with most of these products is that it will take many weeks or several months to see a real change…you’ve gotta be patient! Good luck with the rosemary, come back and let us know how it worked for you!

  • 5
    Melinda on October 28, 2017 Reply

    I will definitely have to check out rosemary. However, with alopecia universalis, it may or may not work! I’ve tried a few other essential oils with no luck! Great information though.

    • 6
      Penelope on October 28, 2017 Reply

      Definitely worth a shot, although for that specific type of hair loss condition my primary recommendation is cold laser therapy.

  • 7
    Sarah on October 28, 2017 Reply

    What a great article about rosemary and hair loss. No doubt Rosemary is one of the best natural herb that boosts hair growth and I am saying this from my personal experience, but the way you explain about it is superb. There are alot of new things I get to know about rosemary and hair loss from this article.

    • 8
      Penelope on October 28, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the great feedback, and I’m glad that you already have experience using rosemary to treat hair loss!

  • 9
    Terri on October 28, 2017 Reply

    Great information! I had no idea that rosemary could be used for hair loss therapy. Thank you for this post!

    • 10
      Penelope on October 28, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for reading, happy to share the information!

  • 11
    Safrina Chong on October 29, 2017 Reply

    Hi Penelope,

    Thanks for sharing this information about rosemary. Will try it for my hair loss and dandruff problems.

    • 12
      Penelope on October 29, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the comment – come back and let us know how it works for you!

  • 13
    Rob on October 30, 2017 Reply

    Amazing! What a natural remedy. I knew of Rosemary but I did not know it had these kinds of benefits, especially with hair loss issues. Thank you for providing the recipe also. I find a lot of people think there is nothing they can do about their hair loss, meanwhile they’re are plenty of effective remedies such as this natural herb. Great info!

    • 14
      Penelope on October 30, 2017 Reply

      Glad you learned something, thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  • 15
    hong on November 1, 2017 Reply

    Learned a lot about Rosemary benefits. I never knew that Rosemary can be taken internally, I have always thought it can onlly be used externally as essential oil. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    • 16
      Penelope on November 1, 2017 Reply

      Well, the concentrated essential oil should never be used internally, but the plant itself is of immense value in the culinary world. You should try some rosemary garlic roasted chicken sometime!! Thank you for the comment 🙂

  • 17
    Helen Vella on November 1, 2017 Reply

    I love Rosemary but I did not realize it was good for hair loss. Very informative and so glad it is a natural remedy which I always advocate.

    • 18
      Penelope on November 1, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the comment, it’s awesome that science showed it just as effective as Rogaine!

  • 19
    s on November 1, 2017 Reply

    I love rosemary! I didn’t know it had so many beneficial properties–especially for hair. Thanks for sharing this info.

    • 20
      Penelope on November 1, 2017 Reply

      thanks for the comment, glad to help expand your view of rosemary!

  • 21
    Sivy on November 8, 2017 Reply

    Great information! I dyed my hair a lot, right now it very damaging. Thanks for the recipe!! Rosemary is the best!

    • 22
      Penelope on November 8, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the comment, glad to help pass on good info. Team Rosemary!

  • 23
    Dira on November 11, 2017 Reply

    It is very interesting to read all this information about Rosemary. Rosemary can help Hair loss and Dandruff? My mother is looking into hair loss products and I’m looking into anti dandruff products and hair strengthening products. So the oils you recommended we will definitely check them out. But I am curious to know if there are more products like shampoos based on Rosemary that we can both use?

    • 24
      Penelope on November 12, 2017 Reply

      There are DEFINITELY rosemary-based shampoos to check out. Look at this one – I’ve actually used it before and liked it, but it wasn’t available for purchase for a good year. It has high quality medical grade ingredients and rosemary.

  • 25
    Timotheus on November 20, 2017 Reply

    I have to deal with thin and thinning hair since a teenager. And constantly look for products to help make my hair thicker and stop hair loss.

    Like most people, I do not like those hair loss products that has chemicals. This Rosemary Oil solution is perfect for me. I love natural products. Plus, you have very helpful info – recipes for homemade solutions.

    Thank you so much! I am going to try this! 🙂

    • 26
      Penelope on November 20, 2017 Reply

      thank you for the feedback – try out the rosemary vinegar, it leaves hair SO soft and shiny!

  • 27
    Matthew Owen on January 5, 2018 Reply

    I have heard that Rosemary is good for hair loss and dandruff before but I have yet to try it myself. Try telling that to one of my neighbours whose name is Rosemary, she wasn’t impressed when I lifted her on to the top of my head to see if it helped my receding hairline. I suppose it did in a way as you couldn’t see my hairline at all, lol. I have also heard that it can help slow down the grey hairs coming through, Is that right?

    • 28
      Penelope on January 5, 2018 Reply

      hahahahahaha that’s hilarious. I hope she appreciates all the great things her namesake can do! And yes, rosemary (and sage) can help with the appearance of grey roots. Thanks for the great comment!

  • 29
    Cindy on January 11, 2018 Reply

    Is it possible to use rosemary oil AND minoxidil?

    • 30
      Penelope on January 11, 2018 Reply

      Yes, good question! They will not conflict. I would rotate them – Rosemary during the day, minoxidil at night.

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