In this weak’s vlog I share some tips on how to naturally take care of your nails, hands and cuticles. For my long nails, it has helped that I drink green smoothies. I have cut back dairy and use oils for my hands. This vlog continues my last article. If you need tips on how to take care of your feet and toe nails, I have also article about that.
Sometimes I have thought about, how you get used to your nails and think that that’ s the way they are always going to look like. The history with my nails has changed a lot! I had very good nails growing up and as a teenager. Than they got worse (I believe due to my diet). I had acrylic nails for years and two years ago I notices that my nails were very long and strong. I can’t really bend them. Something had clearly changed, because they use to break all the time.
My number one tip for strong nails are green vegetables like spinach and broccoli. I put them icy in my morning smoothie and add some green powder too. That is the only change I have made to my diet addition to cutting back a lot of diary. Coconut oil gets into my nails a lot, because I dilute my essential oils almost daily. I have read that almond oil is also good for the nails.
Here are some tips for improving your nails with essential oils:
Calendula oil is great for nails and cuticles. Add calendula oil or lotion for your DIY nail products
Tea tree oil is good for treating nail fungus (read more here about taking care of your feet with oils). Add two drops of tea tree oil to two table spoons of almond oil and apply it to your nails and cuticles.
For other infections in your nails and cuticles you can use eucalyptus or patchouli oil in same ratio as tea tree oil.
Indian head massage includes a serie of massage movements that touches the scalp very softly and very firmly. Indian head massage also includes massage for shoulders, neck and upper arms. A person getting the massage sits in a chair with normal clothes on.
Few years ago Indian head massage was very popular in Finland. Now I feel that it’s not that popular anymore, but it is very relaxing and easy to do at home. Hair dressers use to offer it every where and it was taught in hair dresser schools. Of course spas, masseurs and beauticians still offer it. Indian head massage is extremely old thing, over 1000 years old, so I assume that it will come back as a trend again. If you need help with doing it at home, there are classes for it.
Essential oils for indian head massage
Good carrier oils for scalp are coconut, sesame, olive and almond oil. You can mix 100% pure essential oils to a carrier oil. Lavender oil relaxes and reduces stress. doTerra also has an oil blend called Balance that will help you to relax the whole body. There are many leaf oils in it, camomile and frankincense. Frankincense helps to focus your mind. If you want more energy and uplifting: Peppermint, lime, wild orange and grapefruit oils help with that. doTerra also has an oil blend called Cheer, that helps to lift your spirit and bring you cheer. It has wild orange peel, anise, bud of clove, vanilla, ginger and cinnamon in it.
When you have been testing out your essential oils, you might stop and wonder what would be the best carrier oil? People use different vegetable and nut oils as carrier oils that dilute the essential oils that are full of power. You should always dilute your essential oils to avoid skin irritation. Especially with kids, seniors and people with sensitive skin diluting is always recommended. I always dilute my essential oils on my skin, except maybe with mosquito bites (I’ll put a drop of tea tree oil on the bite). Skin absorbs the essential oils very effectively, so you don’t have to worry about diluting. You will get the benefit from your essential oils! Using carrier oils also gives you also an opportunity to get great benefits from the carrier oils.
Wheat germ oil
There is a lot of vitamins B and E in a wheat germ oil. Vitamin E prevent skin cells from aging, so it goes together beautifully with frankincense oil that does wonders to the cells. In a massage you mix wheat germ oil 10% of your other carrier oil and add two drops of essential oils. Calming lavender is always great in skin care.
Avocado has a lot of vitamins A, B and D in it that are all beneficial to the skin. Avocado oil has a strong sent, so you should mix it 5-10% of your other carrier oil. Just add two drops of your essential oils and your self-made avocado oil mixture is ready to work for you! Avocado oil is great for people who are allergic to wheat so they can’t use wheat germ oil.
My own favourite for the face! Jojoba oil is not really an oil, but a liquid wax, that is gained from Simmondsia Schinensis seeds. Jojoba is amazing for the dry and atopic skin. It works so effectively! You should mix jojoba oil at the most 10% of your other carrier oil. Jojoba oil is great for long and dry hair. You can get a great oil treatment for your hair with just mixing jojoba oil to some other carrier oil and adding two drops of your favourite essential oils.
Grape seed oil
Grape seed oil absorbs very well to your skin. It is very clean and light. Grape sead oil is great for young and acne skin. Tea tree, lavender (calming) and lemon oils (if you want to cleanse) go together well with grape sead oil if you have the skin with impurities.
Almond oil is great for people with sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin can tolerate almond oil usually well. Almond oil is also great for aging and wrinkly skin. Sweet almond oil has vitamins A, B and little bit E. Almond oil also had fat acids in it.
You can use the same mixing ratio in bath oil as in massage oil. Three essential oils are recommended at the most in a bath at the same time to maximise the aromatic impact. If you would like to influence your mood, you can select essential oils based on that or thinking of your skin care for instance.