What Are the Benefits of Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth?


What Are the Benefits of Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth?

  • 22 January 2021
  • Hair Experts @ AHS
  • 4 min. read

Hair loss has become a common condition these days. It can be caused by a variety of disorders that can be congenital or acquired. And because of this, researchers worldwide have been conducting studies on hair loss treatment.

There are various medical hair treatments available in the market for the same, but if you want to go for a natural remedy that does not harm your skin, you should give a try to rosemary essential oil. There are various benefits of rosemary for hair.

Read the blog further to learn more about the benefits of rosemary oil for hair growth and how you can prepare and use it in your daily routine.

What Is Rosemary Oil?

Rosemary oil is a very common variety of essential oil used as a home remedy. It has many hair benefits but it is prominently used for hair growth. Because it stimulates blood circulation in the roots, this oil is now largely used for treating baldness, especially male or female pattern baldness. Apart from this, it can be used with other skincare products depending on your needs.

What Is Rosemary Oil?

Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen herb that is found in the Mediterranean region and Asia, and the oil is extracted from its flowers, leaves, and sometimes from its stem. It is largely used as a seasoning for cooking purposes, and nowadays, because of its health benefits, this oil is also excessively being used in skin and hair care products.

Some researchers believe that the benefits of rosemary oil can be extended to treat male and female pattern baldness as well. While one cannot say anything with utmost surety in this case because baldness can be a result of various underlying conditions, in most cases, rosemary oil has shown promising results.

Benefits of Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth

Many individuals give more importance to natural ingredients when it comes to treating hair and skin conditions. If you are one of them, then, you might want to consider rosemary for hair. Here are some of the many benefits of rosemary essential oil for hair:

1. Deals with Male Pattern Baldness

Based on various studies, it is believed that 30%-50% of males, by the age of 50, get affected by Male Androgenetic Alopecia (MAA) or commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness. Apart from medical treatments for hair loss, rosemary oil comes as a natural remedy to enhance hair growth or halt hair loss. Rosemary oil can be seen as a remedy for the early stages of male pattern baldness.

2. Improves Nerve Growth

Rosemary plant is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and it works as a catalyst in promoting nerve growth. Not only this, the oil helps in the blood circulation of the scalp which results from inadequate blood supply to hair follicles which further results in the strengthening of the roots, hair growth, and less hair loss. Improved blood circulation results in faster hair growth.

Benefits of Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth

3. Antifungal Properties

Rosemary oil is said to have antifungal properties against Malassezia furfur, fungi that cause dandruff. A study conducted by NCBI in 2017 found that rosemary essential oil was a worthy opponent for fungi and bacteria. So, it helps in reducing dandruff and hair loss caused by infection from fungi or bacteria. You can expect a healthy scalp with the help of rosemary oil.

4. Healthy Hair Growth

Hair growth does not only mean heavy volume or length but it also means healthy, shiny tresses. If your long, voluminous hair is not healthy, further hair growth does not matter. Rosemary oil is considered one of the best natural conditioners which adds a natural luster and shine to your dry and frizzy hair. Moreover, it helps in getting rid of split ends and making your hair stronger.

5. Restores Tissue Damage

Tissue damage can prevent your hair follicles from working properly. Dead skin will keep on getting accumulated and will lead to build-up on your scalp. You can use rosemary for hair growth as it can restore the tissues back to health, creating a healthy environment, and base for hair to grow.

How Do I Use Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth?

One can use rosemary essential oil to enhance hair growth and prevent hair loss in many ways. Try any of these methods twice a week and you will start noticing the difference in a period of six months:

1. Use the oil for massaging the scalp

Take about 3-4 drops of rosemary essential oil and mix it with other oils like coconut or olive oil to dilute the concentration of the essential oil. Massage this oil evenly into your scalp and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Rinse out the oil with shampoo and you are done. You can also use this same mix after hair wash also.

2. Mix the rosemary oil in your shampoo

One of the easiest ways of applying this oil is to add it to any of the hair care products you are already using. Add 4-5 drops of this oil to your shampoo and apply it like you usually do. Just be careful not to add a lot of drops of this oil to any product. You can add a drop of oil after squeezing out the required amount of shampoo in the palm of your hand before using it on your scalp and hair.

3. Add it to your DIY shampoo

These days it is immensely easy to prepare shampoo bases at home depending on your needs. You can add essential oils to the base pertaining to your preferred benefits. The procedure to prepare these kinds of bases are largely available online and the products are easily available too.

4. Add it to the conditioner

If you have colored or rough/frizzy hair, instead of buying those chemically enhanced leave-in conditioners, add a few drops of rosemary oil to your conditioner. Use this improved conditioner as you would use a regular conditioner. It will give your hair a natural shine.

Things to Keep in Mind

There are scientific studies and personal experiences which strongly prove that rosemary oil does resolve hair loss problems, specifically related to female or male pattern baldness. It successfully contributes to hair growth and reduces hair fall. Moreover, research has not shown any particular side effects of this oil, if used in limited quantities.

A trial conducted by Tisserand Institute shows the group which used rosemary showed better results in new hair growth and a significant decrease in hair loss as compared to the group which used the most widely known treatment, that is, topical minoxidil. Therefore, we can safely include this essential oil in our regime.

However, there are a few things that you must consider and do before using this magical elixir. Rosemary oil is one of the many essential oils. And like other essential oils, it has a tendency to react as well. While it may not be as strong as the eucalyptus or the tea tree oil, it can certainly cause discomfort to some people.

In order to remain on the safe side, do a patch test before you apply it properly. Take a few drops of rosemary oil and apply it to your wrist. If it does not irritate you, apply a few drops at the back of your ear. Now, apply a drop on your scalp only if it doesn’t cause any irritation behind your ear. Always wait for 24 hours after a patch test to conclude whether you are allergic to something or not.

Another thing to keep in check is the quantity. Essential oils are concentrated essences of the natural oils, unlike the carrier oils, for example, olive oil and coconut oil. So, don’t apply too much rosemary oil to your hair. Also, as rosemary oil is not very reactive or strong, you can apply it directly to your skin, but if you have highly sensitive skin, it is better to dilute it.


Rosemary oil is known for its healing capabilities and is one of the more natural alternatives for hair growth. Where other medical hair loss treatments lead to an itchy scalp, this oil treats the baldness with minimal scalp itching. It has been used by many people to promote hair growth successfully.

Rosemary oil has a great impact on hair growth, however, not everyone will see the same effect. It could be because of the quality of essential oil that you are using and the cause of your hair fall.

If your hair loss problem is still persistent, meet us at the Advanced Hair Studio. When it comes to hair loss treatments, we always offer customized solutions to our clients. Book an appointment with us to give your hair the best care.

FAQs on Rosemary Oil

If you are still confused about the benefits of rosemary oil for hair or how to use it, these are the frequently asked questions and their answers:

Can I Mix Rosemary Oil with My Shampoo?

The best part about using essential oils is that you can mix them with your existing shampoo. So yes, you can add around 10-12 drops of this oil to any shampoo. You can also make your own rosemary oil shampoo by buying any plain organic shampoo and adding some drops of oil to it. But it is recommended to consult a doctor before using rosemary oil if you are going through any hair regrowth treatments.

Can I Apply Rosemary Oil Directly to Scalp?

Yes, you can apply rosemary oil directly to your scalp but remember not to leave the same in your hair for a long time. You may take 3-4 drops of oil and mix it with other oils like olive or coconut oil. Massage your scalp with the same. Leave it on for not more than 15 minutes and then wash it off. You can also apply this oil post hair wash.

Can I Use Rosemary Oil Every Day?

Excess use of any essential oil causes irritation around the skin and as a result, it becomes itchy, and therefore, it is advised not to use rosemary oil on a daily basis. You can use the same twice a week and always remember to dilute it while putting it directly on the scalp or any other body part.

How Long Does Rosemary Oil Take to Grow Hair?

Based on a study conducted in 2015, it has been observed that it takes a minimum of six months to show any effects of rosemary oil on hair growth. Since this oil is a natural substance and no chemicals are involved, it might not be a quick process.

Article by Hair Experts @ AHS

Originally hailing from the length and breath of the country our team of hair experts bring together their strength that lies in consulting for hair and skin/scalp concerns that are faced by a lot of people. This core team involves field experts having passion in the field of aesthetics and creating as well as finding the right answers and clearing doubts about all things "Hair". Combining the interest in the field of aesthetics and general well-being, the team moves forward applying the knowhow gained in the field of trichology as well as hair transplantation contributing successfully in being part of our Team India operations and contributing to the needs of our patrons.

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