I've made rosemary hair oil a zillion times, but this time, I decided to create something a little richer. Make this balm, and use it either on your hair or body!
Prepare your double boiler and your ingredients! Make sure that the boiling water in the pot isn't touching the bowl placed on top. Take your rosemary sprigs and remove the leaves- toss the leftover twigs when you are finished.
Take about a cup of your delicious and nutritious extra virgin coconut oil and put it in your double boiler to melt. Once it has become a transparent liquid, dump your rosemary into the bowl making sure that the leaves are compeltely covered by the oil (add a bit more if needed). Let the mix sit for ten minutes.
When ten minutes have passed, add a tablespoon of castor oil into the mix, as well as half a table spoon of Vitamin E oil (not necissary). Stir, and let the mixture sit for another five minutes or so.
Turn off your stove and using a small strainer, remove all the rosemary bits. Be careful- the oil is extremely hot! You can dispose of them, or leave them for another treat (which I will describe below). Pour the oil into a glass jar and leave it to sit overnight. Or, if you prefer, take a portion of the heated oil and use it as a hot oil treatment (leave in for a minimum of thirty minutes- more will do you even better!).
Once your oil has set, it should take up a balm-y like texture that melts in your hands. Use it in a number of ways:
- As an overnight treatment! Spread a generous amount throughout your hair and go to sleep for the night (you can cover it in a scarf or cap). Rinse as normal in the morning, and enjoy your lovely hair!
- As a leave in conditioner. Spread a dime size amount (or more, depending on the length of hair- use sparingly!) evenly through towel dried hair.
- Body oil. Makes an excellent and softening oil for your skin.
- Hot oil treatment. Warm up in the microwave until melted, then apply liberally.
- Hair masks. Add the balm to hair masks to give them an extra boost!
What to do with leftover bits of rosemary:
I like to throw mine in the food processor with a generous amount of EVOO. Blend until a paste is made.
I like to spread this all over my body as a mask, and leave it one for ten minutes either during the shower or before I shower. It makes my skin uber soft, and doesn't waste the rosemary.