Top 6 Essential Oils For Strengthening Brittle Nails And Dry Cuticles
We all love beautiful strong nails and moisturized soft hands. Unfortunately, this is one of the most exposed parts of the body and thus, cold weather, often hand washing and poor hand care can lead to unpleasant conditions.
Let´s name some: brittle and weak nails that peel and split as well as dry, cracked and damaged cuticles, cuticle infection and cuticle pain. Pulling cuticles can be very tempting but it can lead to pain, bleeding and infection.
Using essential oils for brittle nails and dry cuticles is a great way to strengthen your nails and treat any cuticle problems.
Best Essential Oils For Dry Brittle Nails And Cuticles
Here are the best essential oils for healthy strong nails and cuticle care:
Rose Essential Oil (Rosa damascena)
Rose oil has a special connection to the heart and is widely used in the cosmetic industry for its skin nourishing effect as well as in perfumery. Its lovely floral scent feels like a warm cuddle whenever I use it topically or for inhalation.
This oil come comes from the damask rose petals and has been traditionally used for skin nurturing. It has moisturizing and nourishing properties, and that is why it works well for cuticles, skin irritation, dryness and mature types of skin.
For a lovely smelling natural oil that moisturizes dry cuticles and nourishes splitting and peeling nails, add 4 drops of rose oil to 1 tbsp. of jojoba oil.
Essential oils should always be diluted before skin application and jojoba carrier oil is great for moisturizing cuticles.
In addition, and according to a 2009 study, when rose oil is absorbed into the skin, it has a relaxing effect on people. So, while pampering your hands and nails using rose oil, you will feel emotionally more calm and relaxed. Isn´t this a lovely nail spa-like experience you fully deserve?
Rose Otto Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limonum)
Bright and energetic, vibrant and delightful, lemon oil is a fruity oil which has a stimulating and toning effect. Like all citrus oils, it is high in monoterpenes, which gives the oil antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Its antiseptic properties make lemon good for cuticle infection while its anti-inflammatory qualities can help relieve cuticle pain and heal damaged and cracked cuticles.
The lemon essential oil has also been traditionally used for strengthening brittle nails due to its stimulating benefits. It also works as an excellent natural remedy to whiten nails and make them look more healthy and toned.
For a revitalizing DIY natural nail and cuticle treatment, dilute 3 drops of lemon oil into 1/3 teaspoon of natural hand gel and add it to a bowl of warm water. Soak your fingernails in the water and remove after 5-10 minutes.
Citrus oils are very vulnerable to air and light and they have a short shelf life of 6 months after opening. Old oils can cause skin sensitization and the best way for me to avoid this negative reaction is by putting a sticker on the bottle which reminds me of the exact date of opening.
Lemon Essential Oil
Myrrh Essential Oil (Commiphora myrrha)
Raisin essential oils such as Myrrh have been used for thousands of years and been admired for their healing properties. One of Myrrh´s chemical constituents is Sesquiterpenes which offer the oil great anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Myrrh essential oil has been regarded over the years as a wonderful skin healer, which makes it one of the top essential oils for hands and healthy nails.It is also known for its anti-inflammatory and skin healing potency in case of skin injury.
These qualities make myrrh oil a very useful natural remedy for healing damaged cuticles and strengthening weak nails.
For a deeply healing and skin-repairing DIY natural cream for hands, nails,and cuticles, mix 50 ml. of an unscented cream base with 15 drops of myrrh oil.
The scent of myrrh is also uplifting and deeply relaxing, which is an additional benefit.
Just a word of caution. Do not use myrrh oil if you are pregnant because it is a uterine stimulant. Also, avoid using whilst breastfeeding.