M’kay…this week’s post may be inspired by a) the fact that I feel like I’m getting old and my hair is getting thinner, and b) the fact that I’m currently writing a book on medicinal tea, and have recently learned a lot about rosemary.
Take it however you want to, but you’re about to get schooled.
No more staring skeptically at your screen! Here are 3 ways in which rosemary can help save your hair (and the cost of extensions…and really, REALLY expensive shampoo…):
What: make a strong rosemary scalp rinse.
How: steep 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary in 12 ounces of hot water, and steep, covered, for 30 minutes. Next, strain herbs from water, and work infusion into your clean hair, massaging the scalp. Repeat once a week.
Why: this move stimulates the hair follicles and wakes up your scalp.
What: make a rosemary oil treatment
How: combine 5 drops of rosemary essential oil with ¼ cup of olive oil in small dish. Sit it in a pot with some hot water on stove, and heat. (Think double-broiler.) Remove from heat, and making sure it’s not too hot, massage oil into scalp. Wrap your hair in a clean towel, and let sit for 20 minutes. Wash hair thoroughly, and repeat once a week.
Why: this treatment helps to nourish the scalp, and draw waste from clogged pores. It also leaves your hair healthy and shiny, and helps prevent excessive hair fall. Peer-reviewed studies have concluded that rosemary oil treatments work.
What: drink rosemary and horsetail tea
How: combine 1 tablespoon each of dried rosemary and dried horsetail in large Mason jar (1 quart), and fill with hot water. Let steep, covered, for 10-15 minutes. Strain herbs and sip throughout the day, every day.
Why: rosemary and horsetail are both herbs that are great for the hair. Since hair loss is usually attributed to poor nutrition, consuming this tea each day will aid your entire body, thereby helping the hair loss situation.