To have good strong healthy nails you have to attend not only to the part of the nail that we cut, but to the nail bed, or cuticle. Many physical conditions show up in the nails as ridges or thickening, including arthritic and rheumatoid conditions in which the nails thicken and become distorted.
All therapists involved in body work must keep their nails short, and for aromatherapists this is a full-time job because their hands are constantly in good essential oil blends and these make the nails grow furiously.
I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that after a week’s holiday, those of us working with essential oils will have beautiful, strong, long nails. All we have to do is watch them grow.
ESSENTIAL OILS TO STIMULATE STRONG HEALTHY NAIL GROWTH
- Eucalyptus peppermint
- Evening primrose
- Apricot kernel
Here is a general strengthening synergistic blend of oils. Make up the blend and store it in a bottle ready for use. When you want to use it, add 10 drops of the synergistic blend to 1 teaspoon of avocado oil and massage it well into the fingers and nails, or toes and nails. Do this after your manicure, but don’t put nail polish on afterwards.
NAIL STRENGTHENER SYNERGISTIC BLEND
- Grapeseed oil 2 teaspoons
- Jojoba oil 5 drops
- Carrot oil 3 drops
- Lemon 8 drops
- Rosemary 2 drops
- Jojoba oil 1 teaspoon
- Carrot oil 5 drops
- Eucalyptus peppermint 2 drops
Massage well into the cuticle.
If you are unfortunate enough to have a fungal infection of the nails cut the 2 drops of eucalyptus peppermint oil from the formula above and substitute all the oils below:
- Lavender 2 drops
- Oregano 1 drop
- Tea tree 2 drops
ESSENTIAL OILS TO TREAT NAIL INFECTIONS
- Tea tree
- Thyme (all)
- Eucalyptus radiata
GENERAL NAIL INFECTION OIL
- Tea tree 10 drops
- Eucalyptus radiata 5 drops
- Patchouli 5 drops
- Tagetes 10 drops
Dilute in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
Apply around the nail bed three times a day. Massage in well.
ONYCHIA is an inflammation of the nail bed that usually affects women, due to the long periods of time their hands spend in water and detergent. Treat as above, but add 10 drops of chamomile German and 5 drops of lavender to the General Nail Infection Oil.
Wish you always healthy and happy in life.
This article is for reference only and to share experiences, and is not a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment.
Source: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ESSENTIAL OILS & AROMATHERAPY – Valerie Ann Worwood & Essential Oil Natural Remedies – ALTHEA PRESS