Hello again! Sophie here with my latest natural nail care blog. This time I’ll be detailing a blend to help nourish and grow healthy, hydrated nails.
My previous blog was all about weak, brittle nails and gave you a gorgeous blend to help strengthen them. This time I’ve got a lovely nail growth blend that will nourish your nails and help them to grow strong and healthy.
It’s very easy to get hold of nail hardeners in cheap pharmacies etc. They claim to give you long, healthy nails quickly (and most of them do), but have you ever wondered what's used in these nail care products to make our nails so hard? Well, some of them contain a substance called Formalin which is made from dissolved Formaldehyde. Prolonged use of nail hardeners containing Formalin is not recommended as it can actually corrode the nails and leave them split and damaged.
Of course, just having hard nails does not necessarily mean you have healthy nails. If they’re too hard then they can be become brittle and break. The healthiest nails are flexible.
You’ll be amazed to find how easy it is to make your very own blend using only natural ingredients including pure essential oils. Natural ingredients for healthy, long and flexible nails.
First we need to consider the perfect base oils. Grapeseed Oil is a good choice – it’s full of Vitamins and antioxidants that help to protect and restore nails. Jojoba Oil works well alongside the Grapeseed to provide extra nurturing, hydrating and nourishing properties.
Lavender essential oil protects and heals, Rosemary will stimulate and promote blood flow to the nail bed and Carrot Seed oil helps to maintain moisture balance.
Here’s a great all-natural blend that will help nourish and protect your nails:
30mls of Grapeseed Oil
10ml of Jojoba Oil
2 Drops Carrot Seed Oil
3 Drops Lavender
2 Drops Rosemary
Mix the oils together in a small dark glass bottle. Shake the blend before each use to ensure the oils are mixed well before application.
How to use:
To apply, dab a small amount of the blend on the cuticle, then in circular motions gently massage over the entire nail. For best results, give the oils as long as you can to soak into the nails before washing your hands. Bed time is perfect.
As with all natural ingredients or blends that you’re using for the first time, it’s important to ensure that you won’t react badly when they’re applied to your skin. To do this, it’s very important that you carry out a skin patch test before full application.
Simply apply a small amount to the inside of the elbow and leave for 24 hours. If irritation occurs, rinse the area well and then test each ingredient individually to work out which one(s) is causing the problem.
Simply replace this ingredient with another oil with similar properties. Please don’t be put off if you do have a reaction - there will be a blend that is right for you.
Thank you for reading! My next blog will be focusing on cuticles. I’ve got a gorgeous cuticle balm recipe which helps to treat and prevent dry, sore cuticles.
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