The desire for many people to grow stronger, shinier hair is common and the quest to do so in a safe and cost-effective manner may be even greater. After all, people have every right to be concerned about their health when it comes to their hair care regimen. Many shampoos, in order to appear as though they are working (production of a thick lather, foam) and to appeal to senses (smoothness in hands, scent) come with significant health risks.
For example, some contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate, or SLES, which is linked to causing cancer and reproductive problems, while another common ingredient, Propylene Glycol, acts as a skin irritant that may be toxic to the immune system.(1) Other ingredients may lead to allergies, eye development problems in children, and wreak havoc on the digestive system.(1)
Rather than sift through difficult-to-decipher ingredients or pay a fortune for ones that make questionable health promises, why not consider making your own hair rinse using fresh rosemary?
Here are the simple steps:
(make sure you have some fresh rosemary on hand)
- First, bring a large pot of water to boil.
- Add in a bunch of fresh rosemary.
- Turn the stove down to a low-medium setting.
- Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy the aromatherapy benefits while you wait!
- Let it cool.
- Pour liquid into glass container.
- Pour onto the scalp and hair.
- Allow to air dry.
- Store remainder in the fridge.
Rosemary Rinse Easy to Make, Benefits Beyond Healthier Hair
As the video shows, this DIY rinse is super easy to make and because it’s all natural, there’s no reason to be worried about any health repercussions.
The simple simmer, strain and rinse process not only helps relive dry, itchy scalp, but it contributes to hair growth since rosemary-derived compounds (i.e. oils) are considered a hair-growth stimulant.(2) Experts say that rosemary oil has the ability to start cell division and dilate blood vessels, which stimulates hair follicles so that new hair growth occurs.(2)
As an added bonus, as the rosemary rinse simmers during the DIY process, the home is filled with its pleasant scent which has been said to bring clarity to the mind and uplift spirits.(3) Researches have linked it to feelings of increased contentment as well as the ability to perform better at basic mathematical equations.(4)
The journal Therapeutic Advances in Psycopharmacology notes that rosemary’s active compounds which are “…present in aromas may be absorbed through the nasal or lung mucosa and thus provide the potential for pharmacological activity.”(4)
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