Natural Rosemary Tea Treatment for Hair

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Looking for an all-natural way to combat dry scalp and increase shine? Rosemary tea for hair is an easy and gentle way to give your locks a boost.

Rosemary is a common and hardy herb commonly used for cooking and baking — but its uses don’t end there. Before so many hair-care products lined salon and drug store shelves, people relied on plants to meet their hair-care needs, whether combatting dry scalps and dandruff or increasing shine and taming unruly locks. Natural options are often a great decision when you need to put something in or on your body, and you may find using rosemary tea for your hair is the perfect choice for you. 

Benefits of Rosemary Tea for Hair

Rosemary oil encourages new hair growth.
Rosemary oil encourages new hair growth.
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Many of the advantages of rosemary tea come from the herb’s natural oils. If you don’t have access to fresh or dried rosemary, you can dilute rosemary essential oil with a carrier oil for similar results. Some benefits of rosemary for hair include: 

  • Improved hair growth: Rosemary stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp, which encourages new hair growth
  • Increased shine: due to its antibacterial qualities, rosemary can help cleanse your hair and scalp, improving hair shine. 
  • Soothed scalp issues: whether you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp or dandruff, rosemary’s anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties may help soothe your skin. 
  • Reduced frizz: diluted rosemary oil can tame frizz and hard-to-control hair. 

Making Your Rosemary Tea Rinse

Don't wash your rosemary tea rinse out of your hair.
Don't wash your rosemary tea rinse out of your hair.
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The method for making rosemary tea for your hair is simple. It requires a bit of time and minimal effort — all you need is some rosemary, hot water and a sieve. For best results, use 1½ teaspoons of fresh rosemary for every cup of hot water. Depending on the length of your hair, you may need to increase how much of each you use. 

This process gives you rosemary-infused water — or rosemary tea — that you can use on your hair. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to do a spot test to test your skin’s reaction before using this natural tonic on your scalp. You can also drink this tea. Just reduce the steep time to 2-3 minutes so it doesn’t take on a bitter flavor. 


  1. Bring water to a boil in a kettle or on the stove. 
  2. Add rosemary to the water and allow it to steep for at least 20 minutes. 
  3. Strain the liquid through a sieve to remove the rosemary pieces. 
  4. Allow the tea to cool, then apply a small amount to your scalp, and give yourself a relaxing head massage to promote hair growth and make sure the tea reaches every spot. 
  5. Use the rest of the tea to rinse your hair completely — and don’t rinse it out.

Tip: If you regularly blow-dry, occasionally letting your hair air dry reduces heat damage, lowers your electric bill and is kind to the environment.

Who Can Use Rosemary Tea for Hair?

Rosemary tea for hair works best as a concentrated rinse.
Rosemary tea for hair works best as a concentrated rinse.
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This natural solution is gentle and is ideal for just about everyone. Rosemary tea targets the hair follicle and not the individual strand, making it suitable for all hair types, including color-treated and damaged hair. Rosemary is especially beneficial for people with oily hair, hair with breakage or damage, or people with thinning hair. However, if you have thin hair, keep in mind that heavily concentrated rosemary tea may weigh your hair down. 

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