Rosemary Oil for Hair Loss and Skin
What is Rosemary Oil
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a well-known herb you probably have tucked away in your kitchen cabinet - I know I do! It's often used in cooking a variety of dishes from meats to veggies, soups, and salads to give that fragrant, savory, mediterranean flare. But did you know that Rosemary oil is packed with naturally-occurring compounds, such as vitamins and minerals and acids that support healthy hair and skin, improve physical health, and enhance your mood?
Scroll below to learn more about the many benefits of Rosemary oil for a truly beautiful you.
What's Inside Rosemary Oil
Rosmarinic Acid is a powerful antioxidant. Applying products with rosmarinic acid, such as our Rose Gold Face Oil, to your skin boosts cell regeneration, diminishes signs of aging, and reduces inflammation caused by atopic dermatitis and other skin conditions. Rosmarinic acid has also been shown to treat alopecia and promote hair growth, so add a drop or two of Rosemary essential oil to your shampoo and conditioner for a silky smooth sheen!
Vitamin A keeps the heart, lungs, and kidneys healthy through boosting immunity and supporting cellular communication. Enough vitamin A in the diet lowers risk of cancer, supports treatment of Type 2 diabetes, and promotes moisture retention and healthy growth of hair and skin. Through enhancing skin sebum production, it rejuvenates and replenishes youthful complexion.
Vitamin C is essential to the production of collagen, which keeps skin tight and joints well-lubricated and plays an important role in the appearance of healthy skin. Collagen enhances the healing of wounds, scars, and blemishes, while slowing skin aging, increasing skin elasticity, and lessening wrinkles. It also repairs skin damaged by sun, dirt, pollutants, and environmental toxins.
Vitamin C is a powerhouse because it works to generate other vitamins in the body. It also prevents cells from being damaged by free radicals, absorb nonheme iron from plant-based sources, increases immunity, and other antioxidant functions.
Vitamin B6 helps in protein metabolism, helps in the brain function by the development of the neurotransmitters, and for the formation of hemoglobin in the blood. It also helps prevent nausea during pregnancy and protects the body from air pollution. It also helps to ensure the normal functioning of the digestive juices and helps to keep the skin healthy. Rashes from seborrheic dermatitis, dry skin, chapped lips, and foggy brain are all signs of vitamin B6 deficiency.
For adults 19-50 years old, both males and females need only 1.3 mg per day, while a little more of this is required by pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Folate is vital for pregnant women, infants, and adolescents to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow. It is also needed in the production of DNA and RNA and converts carbohydrates so the body can use it. It helps to decrease the risk of congenital deformities in the fetus, lowers the risk of depression, and maintains heart health.
Folate also helps the development of healthy skin cells and protects the skin from premature aging by removing wrinkles and fine lines through the production of collagen. Products with folic acid or folate protect your skin from oxidative stress, giving your skin a healthy glow.
For adults over 14 years old, a daily intake of 400 mcg is recommended. For pregnant women and breastfeeding women, an increased amount of 600 mcg and 500, respectively, is required.
Calcium helps the body to maintain healthy bones and teeth. But more than these, it also helps the muscle to contract well for it to carry its normal functions. Without enough calcium, the muscles may experience painful cramps. It also helps maintain healthy blood pressure during pregnancy and improves cholesterol levels in the body. Calcium also helps the skin glow by keeping the skin hydrated and healthy. Lack of calcium also results in hair loss.
The daily recommended allowance for adults 19-50 is 1,000 mg for both males and females.
Iron stimulates the skin function as well as maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails. Low iron levels in the body may result in anemia rashes, characterized by red blotches on the skin. It can also cause itchy skin even if you don’t have allergies. Aside from the outbreaks, the patient may also experience shortness of breath, dizziness, and bleeding gums, among other symptoms.
Adults 19-50 and up should take 8mg for males and 18mg for females. More is needed for pregnant women (27mg) while less if you are breastfeeding (9mg).
Magnesium is a trace mineral that is important to the skin because it improves the overall appearance of the skin by reducing breakouts, lowers cortisol levels caused by stress, helps to stabilize hormone levels, and enhances cell functions.
A daily dose of 310-320 mg of magnesium is enough for adults. The addition of magnesium in creams and lotions is a big help for keeping the skin healthy than for oral formulations.
Manganese is another trace mineral that the bodies need to boost their immunity by providing antioxidants that fight free radicals. It also helps reduce inflammations for arthritis, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and in the metabolism of nutrients needed by the body. It also helps lessen wrinkles by helping in the collagen production of the body.
Uses of Rosemary Oil
To control hair loss
If you have heard of minoxidil, then you must be aware that it can be costly. However, a comparative trial conducted in 2015 has shown that rosemary oil is just as effective as 2% minoxidil against androgenetic alopecia. Compared to minoxidil, though, rosemary oil is less itchy. Androgenic alopecia affects everyone, regardless of age and sex, resulting in receding hairline in men and thinning of the hair in the crown in women even in the teen years. Another study in 2011 also showed significant effects of rosemary oil on alopecia.
Rosemary oil is an excellent choice to help the hair follicles to be healthier and sturdier.
Using the formula from this study, mix 12 drops of essential rosemary oil in an ounce of jojoba oil or aloe vera gel. Aloe vera gel does not have a long shelf-life, so it should be stored in the fridge and used within a week. Massage this mixture into the scalp every day for six months, leaving it on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.
Another good thing about using rosemary oil on the scalp is the antifungal properties. Malassezia is a fungus that can cause dandruff. Rosemary oil can help in controlling this fungus and get rid of dandruff. Age, hormones, and stress are also other factors that may cause the fungus to multiply. A clear mind free from stressors, love, is a good way to stop dandruff caused by Malassezia.
Often, however, when dandruff is caused by seborrheic dermatitis, a visit to the doctor may be required. You may be familiar with the yellowish, crusty thing on a baby’s scalp a few weeks after it was born. That’s an example of seborrheic dermatitis, but in grown-ups, it can be much worse. When you find something like this on the side of your nose or even your armpits, don’t wait for Santa to come, Rosebud. A visit to your doctor can get appropriate treatment before it gets worse.
You can also add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner and use it as usual.
To remove chemicals from the hair
After a time of consistent application of chemicals to the hair, the hair becomes heavy and sticky. Detoxifying the hair means removing grime and product residue to prevent the hair from becoming dull and lifeless.
Cleanse the hair by using a mixture of 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup fresh rosemary sprigs, 1 tbsp dried rosemary leaves and 1 cup water. Steep the rosemary leaves in apple cider vinegar for 2-3 weeks. Add decoction of water and rosemary made (1 cup water and dried rosemary leaves cooked until reduced by half). Strain this together and keep in a closed container at room temperature. Massage into the hair before shampooing and applying conditioner.
To prevent acne
A clinical study on the effect of rosemary essential oil on Propionibacterium acnes, a bacteria that causes acne, showed that after adding the essential oil to an isolated bacterium, its body is severely damaged as exhibited by a shortened body, damaged cell wall, and leaking cytoplasm. Because of the high anti-microbial content of rosemary oil, it is an effective way of getting rid of the pesky acne.
Rosemary oil is also an excellent choice to manage sebum production, treats inflammation from breakouts, and helps to clear out the pores.
Using a product like Rose Gold Face Oil will not only help to get rid of bacteria that causes acne, it also gives your face a glow while relaxing your mood at the same time.
You can also make rosemary oil with pureed cucumber. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing. Use cold water to close the pores further.
To lighten the skin after a tan
Vitamins A, C, and B6 can lighten the skin. Mix yogurt, turmeric, and rosemary oil and apply it to the skin. Leave for 30 minutes and rinse off.
To moisturize the skin
Rosemary oil can moisturize dry, irritated, and inflamed skin. Adding a few drops of rosemary oil to a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and applying it as a mask effectively moisturizes the skin. Leave this mixture on the face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry with a soft towel. Use this moisturizer mask daily for the best results.
To prevent skin aging and wrinkles
Unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB can cause skin cancers and photoaging. We forget that even when we are not directly exposed to the sun, staying near an open window can also expose us to UV rays. Aside from applying sunscreen lotion, daily oral consumption of a combination of citrus flavonoids and rosemary polyphenols (not rosemary oil) helps us to be protected from UV rays.
Tight skin equates to fewer wrinkles. Applying a mixture of oats, flour, honey, and rosemary oil before bedtime can do wonders for your skin. Apply and leave on the face for at least 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.
Who Should Avoid Rosemary Oil
As there is not enough information on the safety of rosemary oils on pregnant and breastfeeding women, refrain from using it even before you try to get pregnant or as soon as you know you are pregnant.
People with the following conditions should also refrain from using rosemary oil: high blood pressure, ulcerative colitis, ulcers, and Crohn’s Disease.
Rosemary oil is toxic if ingested. It should not be inhaled as pure rosemary oil since it can induce coma and vomiting.
Before You Go
Rosemary oil plays an important for the health of the skin and the hair because of the nutrients and rosmarinic acid found in it. It can be in the form of topical preparations like the Rose Gold Face Oil. It can be added to shampoos to minimize hair loss and to lotions and moisturizers to bring back the youthful glow of the skin, thus reducing skin aging.