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Rosemary Hair Rinse

At a recent library book sale I came across a copy of The World of Herbs & Spices from 1978. Long ago, before the internet, I found a copy of this at a garage sale and used it to fuel my first dreams of herbalism (and natural soap making), back when I was in my early 20’s.

~ We all need a quaint photo of ourselves young and pregnant, in their herb garden, somewhere on a rocky island. ~

Flipping through it, it sure brought back memories. Especially of a favorite hair rinse I used to  make weekly to use on my hair. So long ago…I had hair past my bottom then. This rinse is for darker hair, brunettes in particular. It leaves your hair feeling light, clean and smelling wonderful.

It’s a very simple hair rinse, made of nothing more than brewed rosemary.

Drying your own is very easy. Cut off small branches and place in paper lunch sacks till dry. Nothing more needed. Once dry, strip off and store tightly sealed in a mason jar. The photo above shows the difference between commercially dried and mine. Notice how mine is green. It should almost be resiny, reminding one of pine needles. Truthfully, most who hate rosemary in food would enjoy it if they had it properly dried. And not where it resembles tindery pine needles.

Rosemary Hair Rinse


  • ¼ cup dried rosemary
  • 1 cup water


Bring the water to a boil, pour over the rosemary. Steep for 5 minutes, then strain. Add in another cup of water (cool), pour into a container to take to the shower.

After shampooing and rinsing well, pour the hair rinse over your hair, gently working it in. Squeeze out excess, but don’t rinse.

Makes 1 batch.

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