Rosemary oil is an excellent alternative remedy for a variety of scalp and hair conditions. It stimulates the hair follicles, resulting in thicker and shinier hair. Rosemary oil is also an all natural hair colorant, used to cover premature grays. Making Rosemary oil for hair at home is inexpensive and easy. To make rosemary oil, you will need a cup of fresh rosemary leaves (not the woody stem), a base oil of your choice, and a mason jar.
Pour the cup of rosemary leaves into the mason jar. Using a pestle or the bottom of a rolling pin, crush the leaves. This will release the essential oils and other beneficial properties of the leaves into the oil mixture. Stir the leaves to make sure none are stuck to the bottom of the mason jar after you crush them.
Add your base oil. Sesame, sweet almond, and jojoba oil are the best choices for this mixture. Jojoba oil is especially appropriate for making rosemary oil for hair because it most closely resembles the natural oils of the scalp. Jojoba oil will aid in any scalp dryness or itching. Add just enough oil to cover the rosemary leaves.
Now is the time to add any other herbs or oils you wish. Basil leaves and tea tree leaves are known for their scalp stimulating properties, and would be a compliment to rosemary. Lavender oil would balance the pungent fragrance of the rosemary. If you do add leaves from other plants, bruise them in a separate container first and then add them to the rosemary mixture. Put the lid on the jar, and shake it well.
Set the jar on a flat surface in direct sunlight for four weeks. Be sure to shake the jar daily, and rotate it so every angle is heated periodically.
After four weeks, pour the liquid through a mesh strainer and into a dark bottle. Store the rosemary oil in a dark place at room temperature or below. Do not refrigerate the oil or it will harden.
To use the rosemary oil on your hair, scoop out a spoonful and warm it in the microwave. If your hair is very short, you can warm it in your hands. Massage the home-made rosemary oil into the scalp, and comb through to the ends of your hair. If your hair is very long, you may need more than a spoonful. Pin your hair up, or cover it with a shower cap. After a few minutes, the heat from your head will warm the oil and your scalp may tingle. Wait thirty minutes, and shampoo the oil out. Repeat the treatment once a week and you will notice fuller, darker, more conditioned hair.