Herbal Section | Rosemary oil supports hair growth

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Rosemary essential oil is extracted from the rosemary plant, an evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves and a woody scent. Studies have shown that it has a myriad of health applications; as a result, it is a popular ingredient in many of today’s beauty products. According to our experts, rosemary oil has several hair-related benefits.

Board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Jeannette Graf notes that rosemary oil can soothe itchiness on the scalp and improve the blood circulation around the hair follicles. Trichologist and HairClub hair health expert Shab Reslan says the oil also contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to eliminate build-up, and is a potent antioxidant (which means it protects your hair from environmental aggressors). Below, these experts share whether or not rosemary oil actually leads to new hair growth.

“Rosemary essential oil can help stimulate healthy, thick hair,” affirms Dr. Graf. “The oil can speed up the process of cell turnover and growth, which can work as a natural remedy to grow thicker hair. Since it is an anti-inflammatory, it is used for [preventing hair loss], as well as regrowth.”
Both Dr. Graf and Reslan explain that rosemary oil is beneficial for all hair types. “The properties of this oil work to create healthy hair follicles and prevent further damage,” says Dr. Graf. And while you can apply it to the ends of your hair, rosemary oil is best worked into the scalp, says Reslan.

“Mix a few drops of rosemary oil with any carrier oil, like argan or sweet almond oil, and massage it into your scalp 20 minutes before you jump in the shower,” she says, adding that it will invigorate and nourish the skin on your head. “You can even mix it into your shampoo.” Dr. Graf agrees, and adds that you can also add a few drops into the hair care products you use after your shower. (Source- marthastewart.com)


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