Beautiful nails are charming to look at. However, at times, our nails may not be very strong. They could get brittle and break easily. Nails are made up of laminated layers of a tough protective protein called keratin.
Healthy nails are strong, without ridges and have uniform color and consistency.
Weak and unhealthy nails are often brittle and break off easily. An unhealthy nail is a sign of improper care to the nails. Other factors that can cause weak brittle nails include long exposure to water or detergent, improper diet, anemia, fungal infection, long-term use of nail polish, reckless lifestyle and improper nail care.
A proper nail care, healthy lifestyle and dietary changes would help restore a strong and healthy nail.
Below are 18 natural home remedies and treatments for strong and healthy nails;
1. Flaxseed Oil
Massage flaxseed oil on the top and underside of the nails. Flaxseed is rich in nutrients, such as protein, minerals, vitamin B, potassium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and lecithin that helps make nails stronger and healthier. You could also include flaxseed to your diet to rip its health benefits.
Massage nail, with a product of your choice, for 10 minutes. The product could be your moisturizing lotion, almond oil, coconut oil or any of the numerous essential oils. Massaging the nails would help improve blood circulation around the nails. Thus, making the nails healthier and stronger. The product applied to the nail would help moisturize the nail. Thus, preventing it from being brittle.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Soak nails in a diluted solution of tea tree oil and water. Tea tree oil has antifungal and antiseptic properties that prevent nail fungal infections that make nails to become brittle and unhealthy. Tea tree oil also helps prevent the formation of discolored or yellow nails.
Eat foods rich in proteins such as seafood, nuts, soybeans, lean meat, fish, beans, tofu, and protein shakes. Nails are made of keratin, a kind of protein. Thus, protein intake is necessary for maintaining strong and healthy nails. Protein deficiency could lead to weak and brittle nails.
5. Olive Oil
Massage both top and underside of nails with olive oil. Leave for 10 minutes. Wash off thereafter. Olive oil helps to moisturize the nails and helps to repair brittle or soft nails. Thus, making the nails stronger and healthier.
6. Vitamin E
Break open a vitamin E capsule and massage the vitamin E oil on the nails. Vitamin E is an effective remedy for strong healthy nails because its moisturizing properties keep the nails hydrated and strong.
Soak nails in fresh orange juice for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse and moisturize nails thereafter. Orange is rich in antioxidants that would promote the growth of healthy and strong nails. This would greatly improve the appearance of the nails.
8. Green Tea
Brew a cup of green tea and leave to cool. Soak nails in this tea for 10 to 15 minutes. Green tea helps prevent yellow discoloring of the nails. Also, green tea is rich in antioxidants that help prevent brittle nails. These make green tea a potent remedy for the strengthening of weak nails.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
Soak nails in a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar and water for 10 to 15 minutes. Apple cider vinegar’s acidic nature can help prevent and treat nail fungal growth. Also, ACV has nutrients such as iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium that help in keeping nails healthy.
Soak nails in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of beer, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 15 to 20 minutes. Beer is a good source of potassium, biotin, and selenium that helps make nails healthy and strong. Beer is also rich in silicon which is a potent remedy for weak and brittle nails.
11. Lemon Juice
Soak nails in a mixture of fresh lemon juice and olive oil for 15 minutes. Alternatively, you could massage this mixture to the top and underside of the nails. Lemon juice is rich in nail-strengthening vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that ensure healthy and strong nails.
12. Nettle Tea
Drink nettle tea. Nettle tea is an effective natural remedy for longer, stronger nails. This is because nettle tea is rich in vitamins and minerals needed for the formation of new nail tissue.
Increase your intake of tomatoes. Take tomato juice during your day and add a copious quantity of tomato to your meals, such as your sandwiches and salads. Tomato is rich in nail-strengthening vitamin B7, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Increase your biotin intake. Eat foods rich in biotins such as salmon, egg yolks, carrots, soybean, peanuts, and almonds. You could also take biotin supplement with consultation from your doctor. Biotin, water-soluble vitamin B7, helps ensure nail strength and hardness while preventing the nails from splitting. On the opposite end, deficiency in biotin could cause nail dryness and nail brittleness.
15. Horsetail Tea
Drink horsetail tea. Horsetail, aka shavegrass, is rich in nail-strengthening vitamins and minerals that ensure healthier and stronger nail growth.
16. Castor Oil
Soak nails in a mixture of castor oil and a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil) for 15 minutes. Rinse and moisturize nails thereafter. Castor oil helps strengthen the nails and helps protect the nails from nail fungal infections. this is due to castor oil’s antioxidant and antifungal properties.
17. Grape Seed Oil
Apply grape seed oil to the top and underside of the nails. Grape seed oil has antioxidant and moisturizing properties that help promote healthy, strong nails while also being able to repair dry chapped nails.
18. Shea Butter
Massage natural shea butter to your nails, nail beds and cuticles. Shea butter is a natural moisturizer that nourishes the nails. Thus, shea butter helps promote strong nails and heals dry, brittle and damaged nails.
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