rosemary hair & scalp rinse

i’m a huge fan of hair and scalp rinses because they pack a nice punch of multipurpose ingredients in one mix. DIYing these rinses are super easy to make and tailor to your hair’s needs.

these hair and scalp rinses are, as indicated,  rosemary-based, serving to strengthen hair follicles, promote growth, treat dandruff, and soften hair,

you can add different ingredients to your base, such as peppermint EO/tea, sandalwood EO, rose water, raw honey, etc, to amp it up.

please do consult your healthcare professional and local certified herbalist and aromatherapist to ensure any herbs and EOs used are okay for you (no contraindications for any ailments). 


some added bonuses for some – rosemary rinses have been known to darken hair over time, including gray hair, as well as encourage new hair growth with thinning hair/hair loss.

please be aware that rosemary rinses can be somewhat drying to those with already dry hair, as it is naturally astringent.

TIPS – because these rinses are all enhanced water (basically), i’ve found it easiest to use with a squeezie bottle. that way i can concentrate on sections of my scalp before it runs all over the place. it’s also been helpful do this over a large bowl to catch the excess and re-rinse with it, or leave my ends in it for a  bit.

with these rinses you can either opt to use a rosemary tea base, or a rosemary eo base. here’s how –

USING A ROSEMARY TEA BASE: to brew your rosemary rinse, use 2 teaspoons rosemary needles per cup of water you need to cover your hair. heat up the water to be hot but not boiling, add the rosemary, and let steep for 20-30 minutes. let it cool to room temperature before use, and use it on dry hair.

USING A ROSEMARY EO BASE: add 3 to 4 drops of rosemary EO to every cup of water you use. voila – easy base!

for all rinses, focus on your scalp and give yourself a little scalp massage for extra stimulation and blood flow. the directions are for use on dry hair, but if you use these on wet hair, you will not need to rinse (unless you use raw honey or the like).


the rosemary tea/base can be used alone, or combined with other ingredients for the following purposes:


when making your rosemary tea, add equal parts peppermint tea leaves. let cool and massage onto scalp. it might be best to use a squeezie bottle and catch the runoff in a large bowl, so you can reuse the mix as you massage your scalp. do this for 5-10 minutes, then let sit for 20-30 minutes. rinse well with cool water.

you can use rosemary EO and peppermint EO in water, rosemary EO in peppermint tea, or peppermint EO in rosemary tea -whatever you have on hand and prefer!


while making your rosemary tea, add equal parts thyme and steep. let cool, pour onto dry hair, and let sit for 10-15 minutes. rinse well with cool water.

if you’re using rosemary EO, make the thyme tea, let cool, and add 3 to 4 drops of the EO for every cup of thyme tea you’ve made.


for every cup of rosemary tea or EO base you’re using, add 1/5 tablespoon (1.5 tsp) of raw honey and 1 tsp of acv (optional, but makes it more powerful). mix well and apply to dry hair, concentrating on the scalp. let sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse well with cool water.


add 1 teaspoon of raw acv for every cup of rosemary tea or EO base you’ve made. pour this all over your dry hair/scalp, let sit for 5-10 minutes, and rinse well in cool water.

DARKENING (subtly and over time):

when making your rosemary tea, add equal parts black tea leaves. after it cools, pour this rinse on dry hair and let sit for 30 to 45 minutes. you can choose to rinse or not rinse, keeping in mind rosemary may be drying on your hair type.

if you’re using an EO base, steep a very strong batch of black tea, and then add 3 to 4 drops rosemary EO for every cup of tea you’ve made.


you can also add strong coffee, black walnut hulls (my favorite method), or sage (covers grays)  to darken your hair deeper over time. please note that if you use silicones, waxes, heavy butters, etc., in your hair care routine, you will see little to no color hold, as your hair strands are heavily covered. this rinse is a subtle color change over time that requires regular rinsing to maintain shade.


do you have any rosemary hair recipes to share? please leave them below!

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3 thoughts on “rosemary hair & scalp rinse”

  1. Was just wondering – to make the tea, do you use fresh rosemary (I have some growing in my garden) or dried? Also, how would you dry fresh rosemary? Or would you suggest buying the already dried herb in bottle form? Or are there specific rosemary teabags? Sorry for all the questions!

  2. Love it! I have rosemary growing on my balcony, and other herbs that you also mentionned.
    Question: why is a “rinse” used on dry hair? Isn’t it supposed to be used to after shampoo? And if used of dry hair, then do you rinse it off with clear water afterwards?
    Sorry if I sound uneducated on the matter, but maybe I didn’t understand properly what a “rinse” is, since I am not a native speaker.

  3. This is a great post because I have a prolific thyme and rosemary plant in my humble garden! I’m always eager to find ways to use them cosmetically so they don’t take over the garden 🙂

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