Strengthening Nail & Cuticle Oil
This strengthening nail & cuticle oil is one of my personal favourites and is made from a blend of high quality oils and essential oils. These oils are full of moisturising essential fatty acids that effectively penetrates the nail area and moisturises deeply while promoting strong nail growth, increased nail elasticity and healthy cuticles. Contrary to most hand & nail creams, it moisturises naturally and works to replenish moisture without stripping the skin’s natural oils. It is also free of all the synthetic ingredients, parabens, perfumes and mineral oils found in the majority of commercial creams, all of which clog the pores and leave your hands drier the minute you stop moisturising.
About the ingredients…
Chamomile essential oil has long been known as a skin regenerator. It has calming effects on the skin and nails and is great for cuts, rashes and ingrown nails.
Lemon oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and is also known to strengthen and boost circulation and blood flow to the nails, which promotes strong growth and healthy cuticles. Lemon (fresh or lemon oil) is also fabulous for restoring the nails natural colour and is often used to lift any yellow discolouration of the nails.
Apricot kernel oil is rich in nail nutrients, particularly essential oils and vitamin E. It effectively increases skin elasticity, minimises signs of ageing skin and helps heal minor skin ailments, all while keeping the nails and cuticles nourished and hydrated.
Almond oil is like apricot kernel oil rich in essential fatty acids, and great for dry skin as well as skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other rashes. It is rich in vitamin E, which helps protect the beneficial fatty acids and also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. Almond oil also helps heal cuts and cracks in the cuticle area.
Most health food stores stock carrier oils and essential oils in the skincare section. When buying oils, always go for organic unrefined and cold-pressed oils, to ensure premium quality and the best benefits.
I recommend using a dark glass dropper bottle as the fragile fatty acids in the oils can oxidise (loose some of their beneficial properties) when exposed to bright light. Similarly, it is also best to store the bottle in a dry cool area that is not likely to get too warm as warm temperatures can also affect the quality of the oils. If you don’t fancy a dropper bottle, try a dark glass bottle with spray or pump instead of dropper.
Makes a 20 ml dropper bottle
- 2 ml Vitamin E drops
- 5 ml Apricot kernel oil
- 10 ml Almond oil
- 10 drops Lemon essential oil
- 5 drops German chamomile essential oil
- Measure up all oils using a small medicine dropper.
- Combine all the oils into a 20 ml dark glass dropper bottle. Shake well.
- Apply a few drops to nails and cuticles as needed and massage the oil into the nail area to stimulate circulation.
- Store in a dry cool area.