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How to Use Rosemary and cloves for hair growth + Benefits and Risks

Rosemary And Cloves

To use rosemary and cloves for hair growth, you must first prepare either a rinse, mask, or oil extract which will be applied to your hair, or you can add them to your shampoo or conditioner.

They have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can help to improve scalp health and stimulate hair follicles.

This article discussed different ways to use rosemary and cloves for hair growth which includes adding them to your shampoo or conditioner or applying the mask, rinse, or oil made from them directly into your hair. We also discussed the benefits, as well as the risks of using cloves and rosemary for hair growth.


How to make Rosemary And Cloves Hair Mask

To make a rosemary and clove hair mask, mix 1/4 cup of rosemary oil, 1/4 cup of clove oil, and 1/2 cup of coconut oil.

How to make Rosemary And Cloves Hair Rinse


To make rosemary and clove hair rinse

  1. Add 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves, 2-3 cloves, and 2 cups of water to a saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool completely.
  4. Strain the mixture into a bowl or jar.

How to make Rosemary And Clove Hair Oil


  1. Add 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves, 2-3 cloves, and 1 cup of carrier oil (such as olive oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil) to a glass jar.
  2. Close the jar tightly and shake well to combine.
  3. Place the jar in a cool, dark place for 2-4 weeks.
  4. Strain the oil into a clean jar or bottle.

How To Use Rosemary And Cloves For Hair Growth


Method 1: Apply the mask to your scalp and hair, and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse the mask out with warm water and shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

Method 2: Apply Rosemary and clove hair rinse

  1. After washing your hair, apply the rosemary and clove hair rinse to your scalp and hair.
  2. Massage the rinse into your scalp for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Rinse your hair with clean water.

Method 3: Apply Rosemary and clove hair oil

  1. Apply the rosemary and clove hair oil to your scalp and hair, focusing on the ends.
  2. Massage the oil into your scalp for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Leave the oil in for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  4. Wash your hair as usual.

Rosemary and cloves for hair: Benefits and Scientific Evidence

4 Impressive Benefits:

  1. Promotes Hair Growth
  2. Eradicates Head Lice
  3. Treats dandruff
  4. Prevents Scalp Infections and Foul Odor.

Rosemary and cloves are two herbs that have been traditionally used to promote hair growth. Rosemary oil extract has been shown to increase blood circulation to the scalp, which can help to nourish hair follicles and promote growth. It has also been shown to block the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that can contribute to hair loss.

Cloves contain eugenol, a compound that has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Eugenol can help to kill scalp bacteria and fungi that can lead to hair loss. It can also help to improve blood circulation to the scalp and stimulate hair follicles.

Some scientific evidence has also shown that clove and rosemary water are natural remedies for a variety of hair problems, including hair loss, head lice, dandruff, and scalp infections. Here are the benefits.

Promotes Hair Growth

Rosemary contains compounds that can stimulate hair growth, improve circulation to the scalp, and reduce inflammation. Several scientific studies have also shown that both can promote hair growth and can be potential therapies for androgenetic alopecia (AGA) [1].

Take Cloves for example, they contain eugenol, a compound that has been shown to promote hair growth and reduce hair loss

Similarly, A study found that the combination of clove oil and emu oil was effective in promoting hair growth and reducing hair loss in mice [2].

Another study suggests that the eugenol content of clove can potentially boost hair growth, eugenol is a substance that promotes hair growth by nourishing the hair roots [3].

Another study on mice with testosterone-induced hair loss reported positive effects of rosemary leaf extract on hair growth [4, 5].

While comparing the efficacy of rosemary oil and minoxidil to find which one would be more effective in treating androgenetic alopecia in 100 patients for 6 months, one notable review reported that both treatments led to a significant increase in hair count, there was no notable difference between them [6, 7].

This further proved that rosemary oil has the potential to accelerate hair growth.

Eradicates Head Lice

Rosemary and cloves water can also be used to prevent and treat head lice. A study finds that clove oil diluted in sunflower oil was effective in killing 90% of head lice within 2 hours of application [8].

Another laboratory study to find the efficacy of Rosemary and clove oil extract. It reported that essential oils from clove leaves and buds were also found to be effective against head lice [9].

Whereas rosemary oil diluted in sunflower oil was more effective in killing the lice eggs. It further noted that within 2 hours of application, about 90% of head lice were effectively eliminated [9].


Treats Dandruff

Clove and rosemary extract can also be used to treat dandruff and below are a few of the supporting studies.

Dandruff is a common scalp condition that is caused by a variety of factors, including the presence of fungi. Clove flower essential oil has been shown to have antifungal activity against several of the fungi that can cause dandruff.

Recently, researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences tested the antifungal activity of clove flower essential oil against three different types of dandruff-causing fungi: Malassezia gypsum, Pityrosporum ovale, and Candida albicans. They found that the essential oil was effective at inhibiting the growth of all three fungi and that the higher the concentration of the essential oil, the greater the antifungal activity.

The results of this study suggest that clove flower essential oil may be a useful natural treatment for dandruff. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings and to determine the best way to use clove flower essential oil for dandruff [10].

Another author from the Parul Group of Institutes in one of her studies confirmed that rosemary has antidandruff potential, and may be effective in eliminating dandruff [11].


Prevents Scalp Infections and Foul Odor

Clove and rosemary water can also help to prevent and treat scalp infections, and foul odor.

Scalp hair folliculitis is a common inflammatory condition of the hair follicles [12]. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and non-infectious conditions such as eczema and psoriasis [13].

However, a study found that pure clove oil when mixed with rosemary oil exhibited a promising anti-infectious activity that may help to prevent the growth of Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus [14] which are known causative agents of dandrufff and skin infection [15].

Safety and Risks

Are there risks I should be concerned about eating hair with Rosemary and cloves?

Rosemary and cloves are generally safe for most people to use on their hair. However, there are a few potential risks to be aware of:

Both Rosemary and clove can irritate the skin, so it is important to do a patch test before using it on your scalp, and more importantly, they should not be used on broken or irritated skin.

If you experience any irritation or discomfort, stop using rosemary and cloves on your hair.

How often to use Rosemary and cloves for hair growth

You can use rosemary and cloves for hair growth once or twice a week. If precautions a rosemary and clove hair rinse, you can use it more often, such as after every shampoo.

Precaution for using Rosemary and cloves for hair growth

  • Be patient: It takes time to see results from using rosemary and cloves for hair growth. Be patient and consistent with your use, and you should start to see results within a few weeks or months.
  • Use a carrier oil: If you are using rosemary and clove oil, be sure to use a carrier oil to dilute it. This will help to prevent irritation.
  • Do a patch test: Before using rosemary and cloves on your hair, be sure to do a patch test on a small area of your skin. This will help to ensure that you are not allergic to either ingredient.

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