If you’re wondering how to make rosemary water, you’re in the right place!
I had a beautiful rosemary bush growing in my garden this summer but I kept putting off harvesting any of it because, to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of rosemary as a culinary herb.
So since I don’t use it that much in cooking I thought I’d figure out what other uses rosemary is known for. It turns out rosemary is amazing for hair and scalp health.
Rosemary for Hair and Scalp
Rosemary can be used on the scalp to help thicken and regrow hair. One study found that rosemary oil was as effective at regrowing thinning hair as minoxidil, better known as Rogaine.
Rosemary has also been used traditionally to encourage a healthy scalp and eliminate dandruff. But research doesn’t yet support this use.
Rosemary water may also be used to subtly darken your hair. Many women use it to cover grays.
Homemade Rosemary Water
- Fresh rosemary (you can find it here if you don’t have it in your garden)
Chop off as much rosemary as you want to use and put it in a saucepan with just enough water to cover.
Simmer on low for a few hours. The longer you simmer the “stronger” the rosemary rinse will be.
Then strain through a sieve (or just pull out the rosemary sprigs if you don’t mind a few leaves leftover). That’s it!
Now you’re wondering “what do I do with this wonderfully fragrant water?”
Rosemary Water Hair Rinse
Mix 1 part raw apple cider vinegar to 9 parts rosemary water. Rinse hair after cleansing (the vinegar smell will disappear when your hair is dry).
This rinse is great for use after washing with no-poo methods (I use everybody soap).
Rosemary hair rinse is a great natural remedy for dandruff or dry scalp, to speed hair growth and to smooth and detangle hair. You can add some to this hair detangler recipe too!