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5-minute essential oil nail massage to grow nails that never BREAK

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Have you ever seen one of those elegant “hand model” pictures, and then looked at your own hands and thought: “Yikes!”? There seems to be an art to keeping your nails healthy and strong in spite of all the tasks you depend on them for throughout the day. Many of us have developed weak, or brittle nails over the years. Apart from being unattractive, brittle nails can actually be a sign that your body needs something you aren’t giving it.

What Causes Brittle Nails?

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  • Lack of nutrients. Vitamin c, calcium, protein, and iron are all needed to maintain healthy nail growth. Your weak nails could be telling you that your diet has some nutritional gaps in it.

  • Lack of moisture. Our bodies are in a constant flux of fluids; we lose water through exhaling, sweating, and eliminating food waste. When you don’t replenish that water, your entire body is affected (including digestion and mental performance), but habitual dehydration can result in dry and vulnerable nails.

  • Hormone Changes. Having brittle nails can be a sign that your estrogen levels are fluctuating, especially during menopause. Specifically, estrogen can play a key role in your body’s hydration. If this hormone reaches low levels, the result is a lack of moisture in your body, including dry nails.

How to Treat Brittle Nails at Home

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Let your first step to nail restoration be solving the ultimate cause of your brittle nails. In order to see the best results, it’s important to increase your protein in your diet. Also, make sure you’re properly absorbing the nutrients from the food you eat. Don’t forget to try increasing your water consumption, even by just one glass a day.

In addition to these first steps, there is a quick and easy technique to use essential oils to stimulate healthy nail growth. Try out these home remedies for brittle nails to help make them stronger, faster.

For Nails that Break Easily

If you have nail-length goals that you never seem to be able to achieve, this nail massage variation is for you. The vitamin E essential oil will work to strengthen your nails, and will give awesome bonus benefits for your skin and cuticles.

Strengthening Essential Oil Nail Massage Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 tsp Vitamin E oil

What to Do:

  1. Massage nails and nail beds for 5 minutes at night before bed

For Treating Nail Fungus

If you notice a white or pale yellow spot spreading on a couple of your fingernails, you’re quite possibly dealing with a nail fungal infection. This fungus will compromise the strength of your nails, and can become painful if allowed to grow unchecked.


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Healing Essential Oil Nail Massage Recipe

What You Need:

  • ½ tsp Tea Tree oil

  • ½ tsp Vitamin E oil

What to Do:

  1. Massage affected nails for 5 minutes once daily

For Dry, Overworked Nails

I find that my nails can be a bit worse for wear after a productive day of house cleaning (especially if there are a lot of dishes to be washed). This nail massage variation offers the best solution to restore moisture immediately, and leave a natural shine (and yummy smell)!

Moisturizing Nail Massage Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 3-5 drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice

What to Do:

  1. Massage for 5 minutes once or twice daily (in the morning, and then as an afternoon pick-me-up)

Sources:

http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/brittle-nails.htm

http://glamhaul.com/15-home-remedies-for-dry-brittle-nails/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nail-fungus/basics/definition/con-20019319

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