Rosemary Recipes For Darker Hair Rosemary is known to help darken gray hair over time (although not obvious for a long time) and it is considered to be a stimulant for the roots and the scalp. Many people trying to help stimulate their hair to grow longer or healthier swear by various rosemary infused recipes. If you have long hair with some hints of gray, you may want to avoid using commercial dyes or colors to protect the health of your hair. Over an extended period of time rosemary rinses and oils are rumored to gently and softly darken gray hair. Rosemary will also eliminate dryness and act as an excellent conditioner. Besides being rumored to help grow hair faster and prevent pre-mature baldness (no scientific evidence to that at this point) it is also good for knocking out dandruff. Warning – if you have blonding or light colored hair you may not want to try this recipe as it may darken your hair. Rosemary Hair Oil Recipe Rosemary blends very well with others in the mint family. It’s especially beneficial when mixed with basil, bergamot, juniper, lemon and cedar. Basil is a well-known scalp and hair follicle stimulant, but it should never be used without a base carrier oil or mixture. Keep in mind that any rosemary concoctions will be stimulating and refreshing. This is a very Yang herb that is uplifting, strengthening and invigorating. It increases circulation and will often make the scalp or body feel warm after it is massaged with a rosemary formula or oil. Ingredients Mason, Ball or other sterile class jar with air-tight lid. 1 cup of fresh rosemary leaves (optional, add a smidgen of basil and juniper fresh leaves and/or essential oils to the mix). Jojoba oil (optional, sesame or sweet almond oil). Directions Fill the class jar with the rosemary. Cover the rosemary with the jojoba oil so that the rosemary is completely covered. Place the jar in your sunniest window. Let the herbs “steep” for 4 weeks or so. Turn the jar slightly every day to make sure that the sun m makes equal contact with all sides of the jar. When the oil is finished steeping for 4 weeks, strain the leaves from the liquid with an all natural paper coffee filter or with a piece of silk. Filter the mixture into a clean, sterilized amber or dark colored jar. Store in a cool, dark place. Application When you use the mixture pour just enough for your immediate needs into a clean glass container. Heat gently over a double boiler or in a microwave. Make sure the oil is warm, but not too hot to not touch with your fingers. Work the oil into de-tangled hair from the ears down to the ends. Use a cotton ball or your clean fingers to apply the mixture. Apply a plastic shower cap or pieces of clear food wrap. Optionally you may sit under a hood dryer to add heat. Another option is to wrap hot towels over the plastic to help the oil soak into the cuticles more easily. If you prefer to buy pre-made rosemary hair oil there are a variety of hair oils which are made with natural rosemary. Various brands have many wonderful ingredients designed to stimulate the scalp, the roots and the hair. Some hair oils are made with a combination of rosemary leaves and rosemary oil. Other ingredients which may be mixed with rosemary hair oil is basil (one of my favorites). It can also be mixed with nettle, lavender flowers and burdock root as well as oils of lavender, jojoba and coconut. Additional Notes The Rosemary hair oil tonic can be applied every day or as desired. To darken hair you will need to apply as an overall rinse 3 times a week. Keep in mind that you hair may take a long time to show a change in the color. I like to play with these types of recipes in the bathtub because it makes them so less messy. Also, rosemary is good for your skin so if it drips into your bath water…no big deal. The rosemary mixture can also be used as an allover final rinse. Use a plastic container to catch the liquid as it falls so you can rinse several times. Honey and Rosemary On Your Hair Honey mixed with a little of the rosemary hair oil mixture described above can be used as an overall hair softening agent. It’s very messy and sticky so if you’re going to try it, apply the honey mixture to your hair in the shower after you’ve first wet your hair. Note: It’s not recommended that you experiment with honey mixtures on dry hair as it will be too difficult to apply. Do not shampoo your hair first, just wet your hair with warm water. Squeeze excess water out and then apply the honey to your ends and dry middle hair. Leave the mixture on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse out. You can follow with a moisturizing shampoo and rinse out conditioner. Have fun experimenting with this amazing herb.