15 Unbelievably Easy DIY Dry Scalp Remedies with Rosemary Oil

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osemary, though best known as a culinary herb, is widely recommended in folk medicines for preserving healthy hair growth. Poor hair growth and excess hair fall are usually associated with poor scalp condition. Rosemary oil when applied to the scalp is known to address the underlying cause of impaired hair growth. Furthermore, rosemary is known to be a boon for people troubled with dry and flaky scalp. Apart from topical application, ingestion of rosemary herb is also believed to combat dandruff. Rosemary is known to stimulate blood circulation that could help in addressing most of your hair problems and scalp conditions. [1]

The botanical name of rosemary is Rosemarius officinalis. The aromatic oil is produced by steam distillation of fresh rosemary leaves and flowering tops. The essential oil of rosemary primarily comprises of camphor, alpha-pinene, cineole, bornyl acetate, and borneol. The proportions of the different constituents of the essential oils vary according to the origin of the oil. Studies indicate that the quality of rosemary essential oil is affected by the temperature of the drying process.[2]


Benefits of Rosemary Oil

Though most of the beneficial effect of rosemary oil on the hair and the scalp are attributed to anecdotal evidences, the efficacy of rosemary oil in stimulating hair growth has been demonstrated in a small number of clinical studies. In a study, a group of volunteers with androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness, were asked to apply rosemary oil to the scalp daily. The result was compared with the effect of minoxidil 2%, a conventional topical drug for alopecia, on another group of individuals with androgenetic alopecia. No significant change was reported in either of the groups after 3 months. However, after six months, researchers observed significant increase in hair count in both the groups. Hence, the study revealed that rosemary oil was as effective as the conventional topical drug in stimulating hair growth. Furthermore, unlike the topical drug, topical application of rosemary oil was associated with lower incidence of scalp itching. [3]

Scalp dryness is a common cause of dandruff that is known to affect the health of the hair. Rosemary is one of the essential oils that are known to help in fighting dandruff and dry scalp conditions. Usually, it is combined with other essential oils that are regarded as effective for reducing scalp dryness. The essential oils are known to work synergistically in regulating sebum secretion that helps in diminishing scalp problems.[4]

In a study, researchers blended rosemary, cedarwood, lavender, and thyme essential oils and combined them with a mixture of jojoba oil and grapeseed oil. The essential oils and carrier oils mixture was applied to the scalp of a group of people with alopecia areata, which is commonly known as spot baldness. The result of the topical application of essential oils was compared with a group of alopecia areata patients who used only carrier oils. The study revealed that the essential oils mixture was more effective than carrier oil in improving the condition of the scalp and stimulating hair growth. [5]


Do-it-yourself Remedies With Rosemary Oil

Here are some of the most effective ways to get rid of scalp dryness with the help of do-it-yourself remedies with rosemary oil.

1. Rosemary, Cedar Wood, Pine, Tea Tree, Lemon and Clary Sage Shampoo

Ingredients
Six drops of rosemary oil
Eight drops of cedarwood oil
Six drops of pine oil
Ten Drops of Tea Tree Oil
Four Drops of Lemon Oil
Four Drops of Clary Sage Oil
Two tablespoons of any mild shampoo

Procedure
Add the essential oils to the shampoo and mix them well. Wash your hair with the shampoo infused with essential oils. Rosemary oil along with cedarwood oil is known to stimulate circulation in the scalp. Pine oil and lemon oil helps in detoxifying the scalp. Clary sage oil is known to regulate the scalp’s oil balance. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that helps in inhibiting the overgrowth of microorganisms that normally live on the scalp. [6]

2. Rosemary Conditioner with Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, and Shea Butter

Ingredients
One tablespoon coconut oil
One tablespoon argan oil
One tablespoon shea butter
Ten drops of rosemary essential oil

Procedure
Put shea butter, coconut oil and argan oil in the inner pan of a double boiler. Continue stirring the mixture until the butter melts and combines with the oils. Remove the pan containing the butter and oil mixture from the fire and leave it aside for about 30 to 40 minutes. Whisk the mixture until it attains double cream-like consistency. Add the rosemary essential oil and mix well. Spoon the conditioner into a clean container and store in a cool dry place.

Use this as your regular conditioner after shampooing your hair. Take a coin-sized amount of the conditioner and spread it on your scalp and hair shafts. It can also be used as a hair mask. When using a hair mask, leave the oil and butter mixture on your head for 30 to 60 minutes or overnight, and then rinse your hair. [7]

3. Rosemary Jojoba Conditioner

Ingredients
One tablespoon jojoba oil
One cup rosewater
Ten drops of vitamin E oil
Four to five drops of rosemary essential oil

Procedure
Heat the rosewater until warm. Pour the warm rosewater in a blender and add the remaining ingredients. Blend for about one to two minutes. On wet hair, pour the conditioner. Massage scalp and hair with the conditioner. For better moisturizing effect, wrap your head with a warm damp towel. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then shampoo your hair as usual. [8]

4. Rosemary and Egg Conditioner

Ingredients
One egg yolk
Two teaspoons of almond or jojoba oil
One cup water
Four to five drops of rosemary essential oil

Procedure
Whip the yolk until frothy. Add almond or jojoba oil and rosemary essential oil and whisk well. Mix the egg and oil mixture with a cup of water. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Before washing your hair, massage your scalp and hair with the rosemary and egg conditioner. Leave it on your head for a couple of minutes and then rinse off with water. Wash hair with gentle shampoo. [9]

5. Rosemary and Almond Oil

Ingredients
One part rosemary oil
Two parts almond oil

Procedure
Depending upon the length of your hair, combine rosemary oil with almond oil in a ratio of 1:2. Massage the oil mixture daily into your scalp and hair. [10]

6. Rosemary, Coconut and Wheatgerm Oil

Ingredients
Four teaspoons of coconut oil
Three drops of wheat germ oil
Three drops of rosemary oil

Procedure
To warm coconut oil, add the oils of rosemary and wheat germ and mix well. Gently massage the oil mixture into the scalp. Allow the oil to sit on the scalp for a few hours. Rinse and wash off with a gentle shampoo. [11]

7. Rosemary Oil and Avocado

Ingredients
Half of a ripe avocado
Two tablespoons coconut oil
Two eggs
One tablespoon honey
Five to ten drops of lavender essential oil
Five to ten drops of rosemary essential oil

Procedure
Blend all the ingredients. Spread the mixture on your scalp and hair. Let the mixture sit on your hair for about 20 minutes. Thoroughly rinse off the hair mask and wash hair with gentle shampoo. [12]

8. Rosemary. Lavender, Lemon Balm, and Cedar Wood Oilr

Ingredients
Three drops of rosemary oil
Three drops of lavender oil
One drop of lemon balm oil
One drop of cedarwood oil
One tablespoon jojoba oil

Procedure
Mix the oils and apply the oil mixture to your scalp and hair. Massage your scalp with your fingertips to ease absorption. Leave it on at least for 30 minutes or overnight for best result. Shampoo as usual. For better result, add few drops of rosemary oil to your shampoo. Add one drop each of rosemary oil and lavender oil to a mug of cool water and use it as a final rinse. [13]

9. Prewash Mud Mask for Dry Scalp with Rosemary Oil

Ingredients
Four tablespoons Dead Sea mud
One strip dried seaweed
One cup green tea
One tablespoon grapeseed oil
One tablespoon honey
Two drops of cedarwood oil
Two drops of rosemary oil

Procedure
In a large bowl, put the mud and add the seaweed. Crumble the seaweed so that it easily mixes with the other ingredients. Add honey, grapeseed oil, and green tea. Mix the ingredients. Add the essential oils and blend the ingredients. Apply the mixture to dry scalp and hair. Wrap your head with a warm towel. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse and shampoo. [14]

10. Rosemary and Grapefruit Hair Rinse

Ingredients
One ounce apple cider vinegar
One-fourth of a teaspoon of rosemary essential oil
Half of a teaspoon of grapefruit essential oil
One cup of distilled water

Procedure
Add the essential oils to the vinegar and mix well. Dilute the vinegar with water. After shampooing your hair, rinse your hair with the essential oil and vinegar mixture. It helps in restoring the healthy condition of the scalp. [15]

11. Rosemary Hair Moisturizer with Olive Oil

Ingredients
Three to four tablespoons of olive oil
Twelve drops of rosemary essential oil

Procedure
Over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add rosemary oil to the warm olive oil and mix them well. Apply the oil blend to the scalp. Wrap a warm damp towel on your head. After half an hour, shampoo your hair as usual. This remedy helps in providing relief from dry and itchy scalp and dandruff. Rosemary oil helps in clearing the congested pores on the scalp and supports normal sebum secretion. [16]

For better result, in addition to rosemary, other essential oils such as lavender and cedar can be combined with olive oil.

Ingredients
Two tablespoons olive oil
Twelve drops of rosemary essential oil
Eight drops of lavender oil
Eight drops of cedar essential oil

Procedure
Blend the essential oils in a small glass bowl. Add the olive oil and combine it with the essential oils blend. Leave the oil mixture on your scalp for about fifteen minutes and then rinse off the oil and wash your hair. [17]

12. Rosemary Oil with Peppermint

Ingredients
One tablespoon of dried rosemary herb
One tablespoon of dried peppermint
One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
One drop of rosemary essential oil
One drop of peppermint essential oil
200ml boiling water

Procedure
Place the dried herbs in a teapot. Pour the boiling water over the herbs and steep for about ten minutes. Strain the herbal infusion. Add the essential oil to the vinegar and mix them thoroughly. Dilute the vinegar with the herbal infusion. After shampooing your hair, use the herbal infusion and vinegar mixture as final rinse. The soothing effect of peppermint combines with the stimulating effect of rosemary to restore the normal condition of the scalp, which helps to fight dandruff. [18]

13. Rosemary, White Willow Bark, Nettle and Peppermint

Ingredients
Dried rosemary herb
Dried white willow bark
Dried nettle
Dried peppermint
Eight drops of rosemary oil
Eight drops of lavender oil
Four drops of basil oil
Water

Procedure
Make an herbal infusion by steeping the herbs in boiling water. Add the essential oil to the herbal infusion and mix well. You can use two ounces of the essential oils and herbal infusion mixture as a final rinse after shampooing your hair. Alternatively, combine two ounces of the mixture with shampoo base and use it for washing your hair. It helps in relieving scalp irritation and dandruff. [19]

14. Rosemary, Cypress, Sandalwood, and Clary Sage Oil Shampoo

Ingredients
Three drops of cypress oil
Three drops of sandalwood oil
Two drops of clary sage oil
Two drops of rosemary oil
One cup of any shampoo

Procedure
Add the essential oils to the shampoo and wash hair as usual. The anti-inflammatory, astringent and antifungal activities of the essential oils help in preserving healthy scalp and hair. [20]

15. Rosemary and Lavender Oil

Ingredients
Five drops of rosemary oil
Five drops of lavender oil
Four ounces of water

Procedure
Put all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to thoroughly mix the oils with water. Spray the diluted essential oil blend on the scalp. The essential oils can easily penetrate the scalp skin and the hair follicle. The scalp restorative spray helps stimulate the scalp and improves the hair health. [21]