This here is the king of hair treatments. It’s your crowning glory. The secret to happiness… no, it’s not! But taking out time to grow the rosemary and mint, learning about these beautifying herbs and making your own hair oil recipes might be.
Infusing oil is more commonly known in cooking, we can extract the flavours of different ingredients to spruce up our oils. Along with flavour, oil can also extract beneficial properties, which we can then use to enhance (and feed!) our skin and hair.
For this hair oil recipe, I chose rosemary and mint because they are the antidote to a bad hair day! Both contain essential oils, which stimulate your scalp and promote healthy hair.
Ingredient Spotlight: Rosemary & Mint Hair Oil
How does rosemary oil help hair grow?
Rosemary: One of the oldest and most respected herbs, rosemary has even been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. Today it’s used in commercial skincare because of its high anti-oxidant levels – this protects the product from bacteria and will do the same for your body, from free-radicals. Sunlight pounding down on your hair can cause free-radical damage, so rosemary is a great defence! Because of its antibacterial properties, it also cleans out the hair-follicle which is thought to help hair grow.
How does mint oil help hair grow?
Mint: A perky herb, mint stimulates your senses, your circulation, your hair follicles – it’s get’s things moving! It’s like a boost of energy which dull hair really responds to! It also helps maintain the natural pH of your scalp, which controls excessive oil production. Regular oil treatments, especially with mint, keep the scalp happy, which makes for beautiful hair.
Note: for this recipe, you can use fresh herbs, store-bought herbs or even dried herbs
What does coconut oil do for your hair?
Coconut Oil: Unlike other oils, coconut oil can actually penetrate the hair shaft. It doesn’t just coat your hair, it feeds it from within. High in lauric acid, It’s also incredibly antibacterial, which helps to maintain a healthy, clean scalp and control dandruff. Especially good for weak hair (like mine!) coconut oil helps to protect your hair from losing protein, which prevents breakage, split-ends and frizz! Always make sure that your coconut oil is cold-pressed, which retains all of its nourishing properties.
Stimulating Rosemary & Mint Hair Oil Recipe
Sterile glass jar
Unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil
fresh or dried rosemary
fresh or dried mint
Sterilise your jar by pouring in boiling water, then letting it air dry completely
Gather your herbs, if they are fresh – make sure that they are fully dry
Fill your container with the herbs and top off to fully cover with the coconut oil
Seal and set in a warm spot for two weeks, shaking often to release the essential oils
Or, you can set in a warm over at 50c (no hotter!) for five hours
Strain out the herbs and reserve your oil to use in hair treatments
Keeps for six months
How to Use:
Massage a teaspoon of oil onto your scalp and down to your ends. Leave it in for 20 minutes, or even overnight. Wash out thoroughly and repeat the treatment, once a week or fortnightly as needed.