The eyes are the windows to the soul – that is ultimately true. Another truth is that your nails reflect your general state of health. Oh yes, people often take their nails for granted without knowing that it plays a crucial role in our overall well-being. Discoloration, change in shape or thickness, pain, and bleeding are actually symptoms that signal nail problems and it shouldn’t be ignored.
Moreover, how much do you know about your nails? Let me share a few facts with you. Your fingernails grow an average of 3.5 millimeters per month, while your toenails grow an average of 1.6 millimeters per month. Nails on your dominant hand tend to grow faster than the other. Also, nails are not bones, it’s actually made out of the same stuff as your hair which is keratin. Meaning, if you’re eating super-foods to promote good hair, then it works the same way on your nails, and vice versa. Aside from that, experts suggest that natural way is the best approach in maintaining good nail health and providing the care required to avoid any problems.
Now, do you have a green thumb or have that passion for gardening? Well then my friend, the time is right for you to start growing organic remedies to stimulate good nail health. Here are herbs that can do the magic.
Since the Ancient and Greek times, Horsetail has been considered an effective herb for nail growth. It is a great source of calcium silica and other essential minerals which are relevant in treating dry or brittle nails. All you have to do is soak your nails in a Horsetail infusion for ten minutes every day. You can make this infusion by combining a tablespoon of Horsetail herb with two cups of boiling water. Let it cool for twenty minutes or until the temperature is comfortable enough.
Rosemary is widely recognized as an incredible spice that adds up flavors to various dishes. Unknown to many, it promotes stronger and healthier nails. Aside from that, its oil is also a great aid in dealing with nail fungus as well as moisturizing the skin around the nails. Rosemary oil helps treat nail fungus and at the same time, it restores the nail structure that has been affected by the said fungus. To make the oil, you just need the leaves and once you have it, you can do the extraction at home.
3. Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle is also one of the oldest remedies which promote nail health and growth. It contains silica, iron, calcium, and vitamins A, D & K. Stinging nettle helps strengthen nails which prevent the occurrence of brittle nails. Drinking a cup of nettle tea every day is all you need. To make the tea, here’s what you have to do:
• In a cup of hot water, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried stinging nettle leaves.
• Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes.
• Strain and add some honey or sugar to taste.
Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and valuable fiber which stimulates nail strength and growth. It also helps the nail plate develop properly and keeps your nail from splitting, cracking, drying or brittleness. It’s also a great source of micronutrients like B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, lecithin, and zinc which are all important in maintaining overall nail health. Rubbing Flax seed oil on your nails twice a day is all it takes.
Sage leaves have a good reputation in maintaining bone density and aiding nervous system function. However, its health benefits are not only limited to that. Sage leaves are used to make the tea that promotes hair and nail growth. It is rich in micronutrients and minerals that the nails require growing stronger, such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and essential vitamins.
Here’s how to make the tea:
• Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
• Remove from heat and add sage leaves in the water.
• Let it simmer for about 3-5 minutes.
• Strain. Pour it in a cup and add lemon or honey if desired.
Once you have these herbs in your garden, you no longer have to worry about your nail health. You can even incorporate nutrient-rich foods to fully achieve it. This is really beneficial especially to girls. With healthy nails, you can style it whatever you want or whenever you want, may it be with nail art, stickers or nail wraps, especially this holiday season – a time when parties or events are just around the corner. Healthy nails won’t easily brittle or crack even when styled, no worries. Of course, you’d want to show off flashy nails this festive season, right? So, you better consider growing these herbs and say hello to the holidays!