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Make It Yourself: Nail and Cuticle Salve

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Having healthy fingernails and cuticles isn't just for girly-girls. Admittedly, I don't spend a lot of time primping my nails- you'll find no sparkly nail polish, and in the summer, I'm lucky to get them clean. But, having healthy, strong fingernails has saved me from many potential finger disasters, and I can't deny the help they bring me on a daily basis.

Repairing and strengthening our nails and cuticles can be done without expensive product or chemicals- and I'm going to show you how!

What You'll Need

1/2 oz. Oatstraw- contains a high amount of silica essential to strengthening and repairing weak   and brittle nails

1/4 oz. Chamomile- anti-fungal and anti-bacterial

1/4 oz. Calendula- healing, nourishing, and strengthening

6 oz.  Olive oil ( I always make more than the needed recipe- 4 oz. for this recipe- some always gets lost)

1 oz. Beeswax

1 tsp. Neem Oil- Contains Vitamin E which is healing for both nails and cuticles

1/2 tsp. Tea Tree Oil- antiseptic and anti-fungal

1/4 tsp. Lavender essential oil- antibacterial, anti-viral, and it smells nice

Oven safe dish

Double boiler



tins or jars

How To Make

1. Put the herbs in an oven safe dish and cover with oil. mix together to make sure the herbs are covered in oil. Place in a 150-200 degree oven for 2-3 hours. Strain with cheesecloth- make sure to squeeze all of the goodness out of the herbs!

2. Place 4oz. infused oil and the beeswax over a double boiler, and heat until the beeswax is fully melted.

3. Remove from heat and add the neem oil, tea tree oil, and lavender essential oil. Give it a good stir to distribute the new oils evenly.

4. Quickly pour into tins or jars and allow to cool completely.

Once it's completely cooled, label and apply twice daily to strengthen and repair nails and cuticles! It will last at least a year. 

 Want the benefits of this salve, but no mess? You can purchase it here!

Categories: Herbs/Herbal Remedies, Products, You Can Do It!

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