August 3, 2015
It’s so easy to get caught up in life and neglect your fingernails. Some of us chew our nails. Some of us shred them rather than cut them when they get too long. (That would be me!) Some of us ignore them and let them be abused by the kind of work we do. No matter how you currently care for your nails, it just may be time to add essential oils to this beauty routine.
The following are ways to use essential oils to make your nails much healthier. You can also refer to the article on how to Pamper Your Hands with Essential Oils for some more wonderful recipes for your hands. There are great recipes in the Pamper Your Feet with Essential Oils as well. Many of these recipes are interchangeable.
Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your hands. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.
Add the oils to a dark colored, 2-ounce glass storage bottle with a dropper top. Screw on the bottle’s dropper top, wrap your hand around the bottle, and shake the formula vigorously for 2 minutes to completely blend all ingredients and gently warm to body temperature. Place the bottle in a dark location that’s between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours so that the oils can synergize. Apply 1 drop to each nail and massage in with a soft flannel cloth for approximately 1 minute each oil. Use nightly. Follow with a moisturizer.
Apply around and under the nail 2 or 3 times per day to nail beds.
Soak nails in formula for 10 minutes. Buff to stimulate circulation and bring out a healthy shine. Follow with a moisturizer. Great for torn or dry cuticles.
Heat the beeswax in a small glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. When it becomes runny, remove from heat and add the lemon oil and stir thoroughly. Add the almond oil and Castor oil a little at a time, stirring constantly. As the beeswax cools, it will become solid but pliable. If it is too hard, reheat and add more almond oil, drop by drop. Apply the wax to the fingers every night. Wear 100% cotton gloves to bed to allow the wax to absorb completely. When they are in good shape, apply once a week for maintenance.
Store blend in a dark colored, glass bottle. To use, add 10 drops to 1 teaspoon Avocado oil and massage well into nails and cuticles. Do this after a manicure but don’t put on nail polish for 24 hours.
How do you like to treat your nails? What recipes do you use for essential oils for nails? After you go pamper your nails, let us know how it went in the comment section below.