Rosemary is a common but much loved herb that is used in food, medicine, cosmetics, and for spiritual uses. One of my favorite uses of rosemary is using it in skin and hair care. Here is my recipe for rosemary infusion.
8 ounces of distilled or spring water
1 teaspoon of rosemary
Boil the water. Take the pot off the heat, add the rosemary, and cover. Let it infuse for at least 15 minutes to an hour or longer. Strain and cool.
Rosemary infusion can be used in skin or hair care. It is an excellent skin toner. Rosemary infusion helps hydrate the skin, improves skin clarity, and it is great for acne. You can also add it to other skin care products like masks, scrubs, soap, and more!
I highly recommend using rosemary infusion as a hair rinse after shampooing. Rosemary infusion is often suggested for dark hair, but it’s great for all hair types. It is very hydrating and leaves the hair feeling soft and shiny. It is often used for dandruff. It is thought to improve overall hair health and it may promote hair growth.
In the recipe, I used the dried, organic herb. But if you have access to fresh organic rosemary, simply use 2 teaspoons of the fresh herb.
Infusions have a short shelf life. Store rosemary infusion in the fridge and use it within a few days to a week. For a longer shelf life, try freezing the excess, and defrost a few ice cubes as needed.
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Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm
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