Natural home remedies for fabulous hands and nails

If you have brittle nails, don’t use polish or treatments with formaldehyde. Instead soak your nails for ten minutes in wheatgerm or olive oil, massaging it into the cuticles.nails-cuticle-cream

If your nails are flaky, include evening primrose oil in the diet or as a supplement. The oil contains the essential fatty acids necessary for the structure of the cell.

Too little iron in the diet can lead to thin, flat nails. Increase your iron intake by eating foods such as lean red meat, dried fruit and nuts and green vegetables.

Getting enough calcium, iron, zinc, protein and vitamins A, B and C is important as well.

Massaging a nail cream or oil into your nails every night helps the fingertips retain moisture. If you use one infused with lavender, it could help you fall asleep, too.

healthy-beautiful-nailsThe citric acid in lemon juice works as a natural bleaching agent for discoloured nail tips. Dip a cotton swab in lemon juice and work it under the nail, then rinse after ten minutes for super-clean nails.

Brushing your fingertips with toothpaste can remove nicotine or ink strains.

A couple of days a month give your nails some time off polish so they can breathe. Buffing during this time will give them a natural shine and boost circulation.

Avoid filing your nails as much as you possibly can. If you file, do it in one direction only.

Wear gloves when washing dishes and doing other household chores. Keep exposure to harsh chemicals to a minimum.

Reference: Floyd, E. (2005). 1001 little health miracles.

9 thoughts on “Natural home remedies for fabulous hands and nails”

  1. ive been using olive oil since ive started noticing that my nails are getting terrible… so weak… so dry… so flaky… so short—> and massaging my hands and nails with olive oil didnt just help me grow my nails, but get soft hands too… and the best thing is that u wouldnt need to look for it, its just in all kitchens!!… now im a HUGE FAN OF OLIVE OIL!!

  2. Hi Hayley,
    Good nutrition, protection form harsh environments and gentle care with frequent moisturizing should work.
    Good luck,

    1. do these work? this will be my first time trying out any of these ideas and i was wandering, do they really work well becasuei dont want to damage my nails, thanks :) x

  3. Hi Stacy,
    Thank you for sharing, olive oil is an ancient beauty secret indeed (hi from Cleopatra)!
    Olive oil is high in antioxidants, including vitamin E. It helps maintain elasticity and smoothness of skin, heal brittle nails and add shine to hair. To receive the full benefit of olive oil, don’t limit it to external care… eat it! Just do not forget, when purchasing, choose Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

  4. I recently stopped biting my nails, but i want long healthy nails without using harsh chemicals. i’m allergic to olive oil, do you have any other ways beside eating good and not biting?? :)

  5. My wife most of the time fill their nails but now i got your point i will tell her to fill in one direction and also the diet you recommend looking healthy also useful to my wife. Thank you for give me informative knowledge.

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