Natural Remedies for Healthy Nails

I don’t know about you guys, but my nails can get really frail and brittle, especially after a round of shellac gel nail polish.

Using shellac is something I risked getting just because whenever I have them painted they never break and look amazing for up to 3 weeks. They are amazing for going on trips, and more specifically summer holidays.

I decided to just live with it and suffer through breaking nails for the next 3 weeks+ after my shellac nails…but no more! I sat down and researched the best natural remedies for healthy nails. Bye bye fail brittle nails.

 

Here are the deets.

by elizabeth lies

Number 1, Nutrition

MSM Supplements

Check out my post on MSM here.

Short story – MSM is an organic sulfur compound. The sulfur it has produces quite high quantities of collagen and keratin. The two things your nails need to be strong and healthy!

 

Protein

Your nails are made out of Keratin, which is a protein. So it’s not a shock that a high protein diet helps to strengthen nails.

 

Collagen/Gelatin

Gelatin had been a known to do wonders for your nails (apparently a lot of models swear by it). You can take it as a daily supplement as a pill or powder. Another supplement I’m researching about for a future post!

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Biotin

Who needs biotin supplements when you can eat awesome high-biotin foods like avocado and sweet potatoes?!

 

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Number 2, Remedies

Olive Oil

This oil helps repair damage and often nails and cuticles.

  1. Warm up some olive oil in the microwave, allow to cool.
  2. Soak your nails the oil for anywhere from 15 to 30minutres.
  3. Massage the oil into your nails

You can also use a clean cotton cloth to then buffer the nail with the olive oil.

 

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Other oils that strengthen weak nails, when applied a few times a week:

Essential oils

  • Lavender
  • Myrrh (Don’t use more than 3 times a week, as it may turn your nails yellow)
  • Elemi
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon

Mix 1 or 2 drops of essential oils into a carrier oil

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Carrier Oils

Some amazing mixes:

  1. 1 drop of myrrh oil, 1 drop of elemi oil mixed into jojoba carrier oil.
  2. 1 drop of Frankincense oil and 1 drop of Myrrh oil blended into sweet almond carrier oil.

 

Whichever oil you do choose to use, the way you massage it into your nails makes all the difference. Always start massaging the cuticles first as it tends to the new nail growth. Then massage upwards over the rest of the nail. Massage into the surrounding skin as well.

 

Another method is to soak your nails into a bowl of water with some lemon slices for 5-10 minutres, and then apply the oil to your nails as described above.

 

Dry and clean

Don’t let nasty germs grow underneath your nails. When you are washing the dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals always use rubber gloves

 

Protection

Gloves

Use gloves when it’s really cold out. Cold weather makes everything dry and brittle!

 

Cuticles

Don’t cut your cuticles as they protect you from germs and bacteria. Instead gently push your cuticles back with a cotton pad after you massage your nails with oil.

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Myths

Garlic

A lot of health blogs use this super easy and fast natural remedy to strengthen their nails. Garlic. Unfortunately there are no studies that help support that garlic actually help strengthen your nails.

That’s just fine for me…having smelly garlic hands all day is definitely something I don’t want. It’s enough trying to get it off when I’m cooking!

 

I know we all want to see quick results, but these natural remedies can take up to 2 to 3 months until you see results. It’s not so much of a fuss for me as I usually rub in lavender oil while I’m watching tv before bed. (I know bad habit to watch tv before bed!) The lavender relaxes me though and my nails get that little extra love they need.

 

If you pamper your nails with one of these remedies, let us know how it went in the comments section below, or tell us – what treatment do you give your nails?

 

Love, S
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