Having healthy fingernails is a reflection of overall health and good grooming, but it can be tough to maintain a nice manicure. Between doing the dishes a couple times a day, washing your hands and doing all of the things you have to do around the house– it’s hard to keep your fingernails looking nice.
Nail polish isn’t a good solution for me because it never lasts longer than a day before it’s chipped and ragged looking. So, a better option is to rely on essential oils for naturally pretty nails without polish.
How to Use Essential Oils on Your Fingernails
I start by strengthening them with a mixture of ten drops each of frankincense, lemon oil and myrrh combined with two tablespoons of Vitamin E oil. I use this mixture twice a week, or more if I’m having issues with peeling or chipping of my nails.
Next, I get rid of any yellow discoloration on my nails by doing a nourishing night treatment of a half cup of jojoba oil and two drops lemon oil. To do this, just spread the mixture generously over your hands and then apply a cover overnight. I use inexpensive winter gloves that are 100% cotton for this, but a pair of socks will work, too.
Finally, I encourage nail growth so that my naturally thin and sometimes brittle nails can actually grow out to an attractive length. To do this at home, just add ten drops of lemon and 20 drops of lavender to one tablespoon olive and one tablespoon jojoba carrier oils. Apply it once a day– I like to use a simple glass vial and a cotton swab to apply it. Not only does this strengthen and encourage nail growth, but the smell is also really soothing and it’s an enjoyable part of a beauty routine.
Essential Oils for Fingernail Fungus
If you have any issues with fingernail fungus, essential oils can solve this problem as well. Lavender, orange and tea tree oils will all do the trick. Just combine two or three drops with a carrier oil and generously coat your nails twice a day. The fungus will be killed, so your problems with brittle, discolored or thick nails will be over. Make sure to continue the treatment for a week or two after the nail looks normal again, because it will help to prevent the fungus from coming back.
One of the best things about this routine is the smell. Instead of the chemical smell of nail polish or acetone permeating the room, you have beautiful nails that also smell like natural, pure essential oils.
Find more beauty tips in my essential oils guides– these natural remedies can be used in almost any way imaginable!