DIY:How to Make Hibiscus Oil for Hair Growth

Hibiscus is nothing short of a miracle, when it comes to treating hair loss and promoting thick hair growth. Hibiscus is widely grown in India and it produces flowers year round. Though there are many varieties of hibiscus flowers, I prefer the red colored hibiscus flowers to make this homemade hibiscus hair oil.

This hibiscus oil prevents hair fall, controls dandruff and prevents split ends, if used regularly. The base oil for this hibiscus oil is coconut oil. Coconut oil, as we all know has been the traditional hair oil for South Indian women and I strongly recommend making this hibiscus hair oil with it.

Try using pesticide free hibiscus flowers. To make this homemade hibiscus hair oil, separate the petals of hibiscus flowers and place it in a wide bowl. You can either pour the oil over the hibiscus petals and sun dry it for a day or two and then strain it.

The second method is to warm the coconut oil slightly and pour over the flowers and leave it till the oil completely cools down and then strain it. If you have plenty of sunlight, try the first method as I prefer heating the oil in the sun than heating on the fire.

How to Make Hibiscus Oil for Hair Growth

1. Wash and separate the petals from the hibiscus flowers. Spread them on a cloth till all the moisture leaves and then take it in a bowl.

2. Warm the coconut oil. Make sure, you don’t heat it too much.

3. Pour over the petals and wait for it to cool down, before straining the oil. The color of the oil will not change in this method.


  • If heating in the sun, keep it in the sun till the color of the flowers become transparent.
  • Don’t heat the oil till it reaches smoking point.
  • Try using cold pressed coconut oil for maximum benefits.



  1. Ramya Venkat
    August 23, 2013 / 2:51 am

    step by step tutorial love the shots from urs.keep going

  2. AparnaRajeshkumar
    August 23, 2013 / 6:10 am

    too good 🙂 lovely shot ramya ! which camera u r using 🙂 little jealous about the area u shot 🙂 perfect for food bloggers !

  3. ramya
    August 23, 2013 / 12:27 pm

    Hi, Aparna, Thanks a lot! I use a basic Sony point and shoot camera. Dreaming of buying a digital camera soon. I shot this in our farm 🙂

  4. kavita dhoodhwani
    September 23, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    while we add hibiscus is the flame on or off?

  5. ramya
    September 23, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    Heat the oil, take off the flame and pour over the petals.

  6. nehawalia
    October 13, 2013 / 3:52 am

    Hi Ramya, Wonderful post on miraculous Hibiscus *The Hair Flower* ! Kudos! I have a question – Do we need to heat the oil before pouring over the petals in the sun-drying method? Or no heating is required in the first method? Thank you so much!

  7. ramya
    October 13, 2013 / 4:08 am

    Hi Nehawalia, Thanks a lot. You don't have to heat the oil for sun drying method, just pour the oil over the petals and keep it in hot sun for 2 days. Make sure to use a glass container.

  8. nehawalia
    October 13, 2013 / 4:44 am

    Thank you so much Ramya. I am against using flame to heat oils, so this certainly helps 😀 I have just stumbled upon your blog and I am surely going to look around. Very interesting stuff you have in here! Good job! <3 <3

  9. Laura Williams
    April 27, 2014 / 3:26 am

    is the oil a leave in or do I have to rinse it out after a while?

  10. ramya
    April 27, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Hi Laura, Massage this oil into your scalp, wait for 15 to 20 minutes before shampooing your hair with a mild shampoo.

  11. Kalpana
    May 10, 2014 / 7:38 am

    Hello Ramya,instead of using hibiscus flowers alone,can we use a paste of hibiscus and curry leaves and prepare the oil…Can we also mix aloevera along wid dis…

  12. ramya
    May 13, 2014 / 11:39 am

    Hi Kalpana, I have not tried it like the way you mentioned, but give it a try……

  13. Anonymous
    February 17, 2015 / 9:12 am

    hi ramya , I have just made this oil, how long should i keep it to use to it? and also how long can i store this oil before it gets spoilt?thnaks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 18, 2015 / 5:17 pm

      Hi, you can start using the oil immediately after straining the petals. This hibiscus hair oil will store well for 4 to 5 months…..

  14. Pavithra Chalamalasetti
    March 18, 2015 / 8:34 am

    Can I prepare this even with hybrid variety of hibiscus will it be equally effective

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 18, 2015 / 5:43 pm

      As far the hibiscus flowers are not sprayed with pesticides, the hybrid variety will be effective too….

  15. Anonymous
    March 31, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    Amazing work.. can i make this with castor oil

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 2, 2015 / 5:18 am

      If you make it only with castor oil, the oil will be very sticky. Instead combine it with coconut oil in the ration 1:4 and then make the oil..

  16. Anonymous
    April 9, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    hie… i made this oil with almond oil. Is it ok??? and there were few drops of water in oil. although I kept it in sun to remove water. is the oil spoilt????

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 12, 2015 / 5:33 pm

      It is ok to use almond oil and no, it is not spoilt. Try to remove the water droplets with a spoon and sun dry under hot sun for an another day or two and the oil will be fine…

  17. Anonymous
    June 20, 2015 / 5:27 am

    Hi Ramya,I've been using the curry leaf oil and I feel a slight change in the hair texture for the better. I'm patient to see better results. Thank you. However I would like to know can I make this hibiscus oil with curry leaves and bhringraj leaves to get better benefits?If so then how do I go about making this oil with all 3 ingredients? I have access to fresh curry leaves and hibiscus flowers and dry bhringraj leaves. I get only parachute coconut oil and not virgin oil. Please let me know the steps to make the oil with these 3 ingredients.thanks a ton

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 26, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      Wash and dry the curry leaves and hibiscus flowers in shade spread over kitchen towel till there is no moisture left. Heat coconut oil, once hot add the curry leaves and switch off. Immediately pour the hot oil over hibiscus flowers and dry bhringraj leaves. Let it steep for a day and then strain…

  18. Rajitha Reddy
    August 24, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Hi Ramya akka,i have been using hibiscus hair oil since 15days but my hair fall is not at all reduced.please suggest me which herbal oil is suitable for me in your age 25years.Please reply me akka ASAP

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 27, 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Hi Rajitha, You can try curry leaf oil or the fenugreek oil from the blog and use it regularly. Hair fall can be due to various reasons like stress, deficiencies or dandruff. Try to reduce stress, treat dandruff using fenugreek hair mask and check for any deficiencies and take supplements. Along with it massage regularly with homemade oil and apply a hair mask (choose one from the blog) to strengthen the hair roots and you will see good results very soon…

    • Anonymous
      March 31, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Hi ramya di,i have a question. I have purchased bhringaraj and coconut oil from shop…is it equally effective?and i have heard of sesa hair tat good for hair??

  19. Rajitha Reddy
    August 28, 2015 / 5:41 am

    thankyou so much akka for your reply

  20. Rajitha Reddy
    August 31, 2015 / 5:13 am

    hi akka,good morning.hope you are doing good.i have some questions.after applying the curry leaves hair oil which shampoo should i use?now i am using meera shikakai & badam shampoo.i have used curry leaves hair oil 3 time till today hair falling is more .can you please suggest me what should i do further.and i do not have so much of dandruff also.i don't know what to do.Reply me ASAP

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 4, 2015 / 4:45 am

      Hi Rajitha, Usually we shed some hair daily which is normal and when oiling our hair, we tend to notice the shedding more (in my experience). As far as I know curry leaves oil made using pure coconut oil agrees with everyone, I have been using it for more than 10 years now. I would suggest you continue using the oil and also try using egg hair mask weekly twice. Also check for any deficiencies. As far shampoo, all the surfactant based shampoos are the same no matter what they claim, just choose a good shampoo and conditioner from a reputed company (their shampoos will be PH balanced) or you can try natural hair wash methods (you will find all of them in the blog)…

  21. Rajitha Reddy
    September 7, 2015 / 7:58 am

    Hi akka, thank you for your suggestion. can I use egg hair mask weekly twice there will be no problem right.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 11, 2015 / 3:14 am

      Weekly twice application of egg mask will cause no problem…

    • Anonymous
      February 9, 2018 / 11:01 am

      Dear Rajitha, Give one remedy sometime as I had the same problem. This oil needs at least seven applications before showing result. Also the hair will be damaged if applying so many things. Get your hemoglobin tested once. May be its low.

  22. Veeru Chintala
    November 5, 2015 / 6:36 am

    Hi Ramya garu. I came across ur site 2 days back. Really amazing remedies from you.I have a quesion.I had lost so much of hair on my forehead.So many say that using onion or raddish or black pepper we can make hari regrow. Is it true?? If its not true are there any remedies for hair regrowth?? pls help me

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 8, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      Hi, the ingredients you mentioned like small onions are for treating scalp infections. If the hair fall or receding hair line is hereditary, taking DHT blockers along with external applications like pure homemade hair masks and hair oil will greatly help. Natural DHT blockers are green tea, pumpkin seed oil, etc. You can also consult a doctor about natural DHT blockers..

  23. Veeru Chintala
    November 9, 2015 / 7:13 am

    Thanks a lot for ur reply.Will there be any health problems or side effects in future by using DHT blockers??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 16, 2015 / 4:42 pm

      Natural dht blockers like green tea, pumpkin seed oil will not cause any harm but taking medicines like finastride (prescription medicine for blocking DHT ) will have side effects and it is best taken after consulting a doctor…

    • Veeru Chintala
      November 19, 2015 / 5:10 am

      Thanks a lot for ur reply. Can u please let me know how to use pumpkin seed oil. I mean how to take it?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 27, 2015 / 2:35 am

      You can take 400 mg of pumkin seed oil in divided doses (200 mg 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner) for at least 24 weeks. This was the dosage given in the study that concluded that pumpkin seed oil is effective for blocking DHT. You can also consult a physician if you have any doubts….

  24. Veeru Chintala
    December 28, 2015 / 10:47 am

    Thanks a lot for your reply mam. I want to know how to make pumpkin seed oil in home?? and Can I apply that oil to my hair directly??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 11, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      We can't make pumpkin seed oil at home, you can easily buy it online. It should be taken internally…

  25. Patty
    February 26, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Hello, I have hibiscus powder.How can I use it to make hibiscus oil?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 2:06 am

      I have never tried this hibiscus oil with hibiscus powder so I don't how effective it is. But you can mix the oil and powder together in a very low flame and then strain.

  26. Dhanushram Nadal
    March 12, 2016 / 5:30 am

    Hi love all ur posts ..u r doing a great job ..I have a doubt,can v use fenugreek seed d vetiver along with this hibiscus to make oil ??

  27. sweety Y.
    May 12, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Hi, thanks for your post. It's really insightful. I want to ask if I can make the hibiscus oil with sun dried petals instead of the fresh ones

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Yes, you can make this hibsicus oil with sun dried hibiscus petals too..

  28. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    hi mam,your post in making hibiscus oil is wonderful and effective..i have the suggestion mam…could you please post the preparation of "chembaruthi thali"…i heard that it has been using by the keralites still now for lustrous, thick, long hair…i would like to know the method of preparation of "chembaruthi thali".

  29. Lee
    July 4, 2016 / 9:19 am

    Hi Ramaya my hair r dry n got thin also looking bald would this hibiscus oil work.And hw many to massage with this oil

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 5:32 am

      Hi Lee, hibiscus oil will condition the hair well if used regularly. To use, warm the hibiscus oil and gently massage the oil all over the scalp and try to wait for at least 30 minutes before having hair wash…

  30. avani desai
    August 6, 2016 / 4:01 am

    Hello Ramya, can i combine curry leaves and hibiscus to prevent premature greying? And if yes what is the process?

  31. avani desai
    August 6, 2016 / 4:03 am

    Hello Ramya, can i combine curry leaves and hibiscus to prevent premature greying? And if yes what is the process?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 2:56 pm

      Ye, you can, I would suggest making a hair oil with both. Heat unrefined coconut oil in a pan and once it gets hot add hibiscus and curry leaves (they shouldn't have any moisture in them) and switch off immediately. Let cool, strain and use as a hair oil…

  32. Anonymous
    September 17, 2016 / 10:13 am

    hi im priya,i hv a doubt,while preparing hair oil using hibiscus & curry leaves is it good when oil starts boiling & add grinded curry leaves & hibiscus into the oil till it get boiled & crispy

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 28, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      When making hair oils, remember not to heat it till smoking point as the ingredients will burn easily. The oils should be moderately hot, not boiling. Then add the ingredients and boil till they turn crispy which indicates that there is no moisture left in them and store…

  33. Sushma
    December 25, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    Hello Ramya,Thanks for the post, very helpful ! I have question regarding the mix of curry leaves and hibiscus oil – have you tried the oil with both ingredients at the same time ? And is there a shelf life for it ?Thanks much !Sushma

  34. Anonymous
    March 26, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Hello Ramya,Many thanks for your post about Hibiscus oil. It helped me in preparing hibiscus oil combining curry leaves. I had used unrefined coconut oil as base oil. However this time I am intending to use Almond oil and also add aloe vera gel as well. Will it be ok to combine Hibiscus, curry leaves and aloe vera in Almond oil base? May I know the procedure for this oil please?Thanks a lotKshama

  35. Anonymous
    June 10, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Hello,Wonderful blog with lots of useful info!! Can you please tell me the ratio of Hibiscus oil(Store bought) to coconut oil (Storebought) to make hair oil?Thank you in advance!

  36. swetha konakanchi
    December 16, 2019 / 12:31 am

    Hey Ramya.. thanks for the recipe. Can I add vit E and few drops of castor oil to this?

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