Your finger nails (and toenails) are as precious as the other parts of your body. Healthy and better-looking nails reflect overall health and good grooming. Some just love to care and art their nails while others just do not care.
Some of the causes of thinning nails are your everyday household chores — washing dishes, use of detergents, and of different cleaning solutions around the house. Furthermore, unhealthy diet and Vitamin A deficiency can also be the culprit for poor nails.
To prevent the weakening and thinning of your nails, add using essential oils to your beauty. These oils are not just limited to hair, and skin, or for aromatic bath or spa treatments. They also make your nails naturally healthy and beautiful.
Some oils are safe to use directly, or blend with other oils or with carrier oils. Proper application is key to improve nourishment of growing nails under the cuticle.
There are two effective ways to apply:
- First, drop one to two oils or blends onto each nail cuticles, massage around the cuticles and upward over the entire surface of each nail.
- Second, soak your nails in a bowl of water for 15 minutes daily. Then use a cotton swab to apply the oil to your cuticles and nails.
You can make your own oil blends. Just make sure your skin can handle them. Test before applying.
Myrrh is the best oil for nails. A drop or two 3 times a week nourishes and strengthens your cuticles and brittle nails. It may cause yellow discoloration, if it happens, apply half cup jojoba oil with 2 drops of lemon oil to get rid of the yellow discoloration.
Lemon contains antioxidant Vitamin C which protects nails and promotes stronger nail growth.
Lavender Oil is one of the safest essential oil to use directly without any carrier oils. It moisturizes and revives distressed nails. It is also a good natural treatment against toenail fungus.
This oil is good for delicate fingernails. It moisturizes cuticles, conditions and protects nails against infections that discourage normal nail growth.
This oil is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals. That’s why it fosters faster and stronger growth of your nails.
It works well in moisturizing nails especially if mix with lemon oil.
Naturally moisturizes and strengthens dry and rough nails. It has antibacterial properties which protect nails against infections.
Other Important Nail Care Tips
- Lavender oil has sweet scent and grows your nails out to an attractive length.
- Eat foods high in omega 3 for they moisturize from within and get rid of dry and brittle nails.
- Keep your nails hydrated by drinking lots of water.
- Coconut and Jojoba oils are carrier oils that can assist in your nail’s health.
- Don’t use your nails as a tool like if you can’t find the screwdriver, your long nails is not the substitute.
- It is recommended not to cut your cuticles, instead have them pushed back every time you wash your hands or have them manicured. Cuticles seal the opening between your nails and skin to keep the bacteria out and; to avoid infection and ingrown nail.
- Paraffin wax treatments infused with essential oils and other natural products like aloe vera can also help soften and moisturize your nails.