Brittle nails homemade salve

There are many causes of brittle nails. Iron and zinc deficiency, use of harsh detergents and chemicals, nail polishes and nail polish removers - they can all make them chip and break.

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While cuticles provide some protection from all these agents, that is not enough. Preparing and using regularly nail hardening recipes will greatly enhance their appearance and health. They will make them more pliable and less prone to damage.

All these recipes involve essential oils as they provide the nourishment needed to keep the nails strong.Hot oil nail treatment


  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1 capsule of Vitamin E


  • Heat the oil and let it cool down until it is warm to the touch
  • Add Vitamin E and gently rub the cuticles and nails

Use the excess oil to massage the hands.

Olive oil enhances the strength and flexibility, while Vitamin E oil nourishes the nails.

Nail Hardening Scrub


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of castor oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/2 cup of shelled walnuts


  • Grind the walnuts until they are in a form of a coarse powder
  • Add to that olive oil, castor oil and honey so it resembles a thick paste
  • Rub the hands and nails
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry

Use this recipe twice a week to see the results.

All these ingredients combined together do the following:

Castor oil greatly benefits the nails. When olive oil is added, the nails flexibility it enhanced. Walnuts provide friction that removes the dead skin cells and at the same time replenish the skin's moisture.

Honey is a wonderful, natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent that inhibits the growth of bacteria. It also has a high concentration of potassium which aids the hand treatment.

One more simple recipe is to dip fingertips in warm milk. Milk is full of calcium and potassium, like honey, which fortifies the nails.

Something a friend of mine told me: tap your fingers on a hard surface. Do not do it vigorously, just enough to get the circulation in the nail bed going. Apparently, it helps.

My recommendation for brittle nails product

I want to share with you a product that has helped my nails tremendously. I first used Nailtiques Protein Formula 2 a couple of years ago after I finally decided to stop biting my nails. It took a week or so to see the improvement because they were so damaged. A coat is applied daily on top of the previous coat. I removed it once a week and repeated the process. You will notice the difference in how hard the nails are, the chipping will be gone and they will feel strong and durable. An added benefit is that nails start growing really fast and continue so even after discontinuing the use. A small bottle lasted me approximately one month and this is with daily use.

This little bottle is a great find and a fantastic product that I highly recommend if your nails are not up to par.


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