Did you know that the purpose of the nail is to protect the tissues of our fingers? Nail plates are made up of keratin, a dense and fibrous protein, from which layers of the nail are formed. If these layers become brittle or start to change color, then this could be a sign of underlying health problems.
If we want our nails to be beautiful and healthy, it is very important to follow the general rules of hygiene. Of course, it is better to use natural means and avoid products containing chemicals, such as moisturizers, nail polish, nail polish remover.
Nail problems can provoke the appearance of fungus, ulcers and spots. It can even cause an unpleasant smell, instigate ingrown toe nails into the skin and even lead to their loss. Either way, none of these issues are easy to deal with it. That is why it’s important to incorporate natural remedies into your treatment of coping with various nail problems.
1. Fighting the Fungus
Nail fungus is an infectious disease that plagues many. Fungus love to hide in damp and warm places and eats at the precious keratin that your nails create. One of the best natural remedies to treat this nutrient eating fungus is tea tree oil. This is a powerful antiseptic that fights against the fungus and is less harmful than many of the anti-fungal creams and ointments sold in pharmacies. To use tea tree oil for the treatment of focus, take the following steps:
- After showering and dried, apply the oil to the infected nails.
- For each infected nail, apply only a few drops of oil. We let the oil dry.
- Repeat this procedure every day until you see significant improvement.
2. Stratification of Nails
Stratification is a common problem among mainly women, although men can get this condition as well. The amount of risk factors for stratified nails vary and include a range of health problems, constant use of chemical substances (such as household products), and other contacts that weaken the nail’s keratin. If you want to fight this problem with natural remedies, the first thing to focus on is your quality of diet. Nails are at its healthiest when the diet consists of plenty Vitamin D and Calcium. Adding calcium rich foods, such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and nuts can help increase your vitamin intake and create healthier nails. Many people choose to take a Vitamin D supplement to help with the absorption of Calcium as well. There are also many solutions that can be created in your own kitchen to help strengthen and repair your stratified nails.
- Almond butter with lemon. Mix the two ingredients and apply this mixture on the nails for 2 minutes. Then rinse the nails with water.
- Coconut oil. Massage the nails with a little bit of heated coconut oil. Let the oil act for about one minute, and then rinse with water.
- Argan oil. Massage the nails with Argan oil for about 2 minutes, then rinse.
3. Long Term Care
Some chemicals, for example, cleaning supplies and laundry detergents, worsen the condition of the nails. They weaken the nails and create conditions for their separation. Fingernails are so located on the body such that they have to come into direct contact with almost everything that we deal with on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, they require special attention and constant care. Turning to the following tips when caring for our nails can help us see a difference in the long run.
- Use gloves when using cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals.
- Apply tea tea oil to your nails a few times a week as a polish to help protect them.
- Include milk, eggs, avocado and spinach into your diet daily.
- Treat yourself to manicures and pedicures. These procedures help us assess the condition of the nails and take action if they are having problems.
4. Ingrown Nails
This is one of the most unpleasant problems with nails. An ingrown nail is when the nail grows into the skin due to tight shoes, improper nail cutting, and overall poor care. Very often this happens with the thumbnail or big toe nail. However, such a nuisance can occur with any nail. Luckily, there is a natural remedy to help with ingrown nails.
- For a couple of minutes, dip the foot into very warm water, then dry with a towel.
- With gentle movements, massage the affected area with olive or almond oil.
- Place a small water soaked cotton swab under the nail.
- When this zone is softened, cut off the nail with clean nail scissors.
- The “cut” of the nail should be rectangular, that is, the angle at its edges should be close to the right angle.