Here’s how to make homemade rosemary water for hair growth and scalp health. It’s super easy to make and you can use it as a rinse or spritz.
Rosemary water got super popular this year when it went viral on TikTok. It’s worked for so many people – especially in helping regrow hair along the forehead.
As we get older our hair thins a little and becomes more brittle. Our hair can also thin when it’s pulled back into a bun or ponytail too often or when it’s color treated or bleached.
This simple DIY is great way to support your scalp health. Rosemary is safe for all hair types (including colored hair, which I have).
Rosemary is a common edible herb that is obviously delicious in cooking, but it has anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Rosemary is often distilled into an essential oil, which can be used on your hair as well (dilute it with a carrier oil like olive oil or jojoba oil though).
Rosemary can strengthen circulation, increase blood flow, and prevent hair follicles from being blood starved (which leads to thinning hair). It can stimulate the scalp and help baby hairs regrow. (source) Rosemary has antifungal properties and antibacterial properties.
I’ve personally used it on along where my hairline where I have hair breakage when I pull it into a ponytail too often.
Rosemary Water Ingredients
- Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
- Water (use distilled water if you have it)
- Small Pot
- Spray Bottle
This is the easiest way to make rosemary water. You’ll boil it into what is essentially a rosemary tea and then strain it. Here are the steps to follow:
Bring your water to a boil and add your rosemary.
Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let it steep for 25 minutes.
Strain your rosemary water and let it sit for a few minutes to cool down.
Discard the rosemary leaves and any waxy extracts from the rosemary.
You can use it as a rinse in the shower or put it in a spray bottle and use it on your dry hair.
For best results, keep it in the refrigerator. It will last for a week.
How to Use Rosemary Water
You can use it as a rosemary hair rinse in the shower after your conditioner. Wash and condition your hair as usual, then pour 1/2 a cup of rosemary water over your scalp.
Let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse it off. Use it this way if you have an itchy scalp and want to cover your whole head.
You can also use it as a hair spritz and leave-in treatment. Put it in a small spray bottle and spritz it on problem areas where you’d like to regrow or strengthen your hair. Let it sit on your hair for an hour before washing your hair.
I recommend using rosemary water for at least 3 weeks before expecting to see results.
One important note on rosemary water – it will not be able to regrow significant hair loss where the scalp is shiny. This can only help stimulate already existing hair follicles and encourage healthy hair growth.
If you are concerned about skin irritation, do a scalp test on a small part of your scalp with a small amount of rosemary water.
More DIY Beauty Ideas
If you love homemade beauty products and natural remedy, try some of these other favorites!
- DIY 2-Ingredient Avocado Hair Mask – this simple recipe is a nice moisturizing hair mask.
- 16 Natural Beauty Recipes You Can Make at Home – lots of great DIYs including bath soaks, hair masks, face masks, and more.
- DIY Bath Soak – a lovely lavender and rose soak that makes a great gift.
- 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 2 cups of water
- small pot
- spray bottle
- Bring the water to a boil and add the sprigs of rosemary. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it steep for 25 minutes.
- Strain the rosemary water and let it sit for a few minutes to cool down.
- You can use it as a rinse in the shower or put it in a spray bottle and use it on your dry hair. It will keep in the refrigerator for a week.