Salvia Rosmarinus - part of the Lamiaceae family.
A very special herb that holds a special place in my home, just outside the kitchen doorstep. This Rosemary was the first thing that I planted when I moved onto this property 5 years ago. I arrived with my bundle of fresh cuttings from my last home, & immediately wandered around the garden popping the fresh cuttings into the soil. I've very likely been growing this Rosemary from cuttings for at least 12 years now.
In the Middle Ages people would place Rosemary sprigs under their pillows to ward off demons & prevent nightmares, it was known to be a plant of protection. In Ancient Greece students would twine rosemary in their hair, making garlands whilst studying for exams to improve memory. Interesting these stories & their connection to the head because I've always known Rosemary's reputation for improving hair health. It’s blood circulation properties work on the scalp, stimulating new hair growth. Rosemary’s essential oil properties are also known to repel pests, so is worth while adding it to your haircare routine if pesky nits are a problem in your household.
Rosemary is my number one botanical for haircare & the only thing that I use. No shampoo or conditioner (ooo yuck, you really should read the labels on that chemical filled junk & get to know what all of those toxins do to your system). Instead I 'wash' my hair with Rosemary infused Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
The only other thing I use in my haircare is an Organic Hair Oil that I've created and refined over the years, a delicate combination of organic oils infused with Rosemary & Nettle, to moisturise & nourish my hair whilst preventing frizzies at the same time. I've just strained a small batch & it’s online now.