Late in 2009, my left thumbnail cracked right at the top edge of the nail. Like a close friend of mine and my mother, I have very fine, dry hair…and soft, dry, weak fingernails. (As you may know, hair and nails are made from similar cells.)
The rough edges of my cracked thumbnail caught on towels, clothing, and other things as I was working with my hands. It started to elongate into the tender pink quick. I had to keep it cut very short since I didn’t want to have a sore thumbnail. But I wasn’t exactly sure how to heal it? In my life, helpful information often comes to me just when I need it. Have you noticed that?
We flew east early that DEC 2009 to visit my folks. While there, Dad happened to mention they were using a few drops of Organic Grapeseed oil rubbed into their nails every night before going to bed. A self-care health tip: a simple cure for dry cracked nails, shared by a friend of theirs.
Figured if it worked for my folks, it probably would work for me. And I’m pleased to report, using the grapeseed oil on my nails and rubbed into the base of the cuticle, did the trick!
If you want to give grapeseed oil a try, be patient and consistent. It took 3 months of twice daily applications (morning and evening) for my thumbnail to grow out healthy and whole.
That time may have been shorter if I had used therapeutic essential oils. Essential oils helpful for dry skin and nails are: Cedarwood, Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.
Everyone loves healthy, beautiful hair and strong nails.
There are many ways, besides daily organic grapeseed oil applications and using therapeutic essential oils, to help hair and nails grow faster, stronger and healthier. One way is to improve your nutrition with adequate amount of vitamins that promote hair and nail growth.
B Vitamins are vital for maintaining healthy hair and nails. Take them in supplement form or include legumes, eggs and berries in your diet.
Biotin (a B-complex vitamin, Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H) is a water-soluble nutrient, and an essential coenzyme for breaking down fatty acids and leucine, managing glucose production, maintaining blood sugar levels, preventing it from getting too high ~ important for Diabetics to know, since they may have problems with hair growth due to high sugar levels.
What’s Biotin’s role for hair, skin and nails? It maintains strength between the hair roots and hair strands, preventing hair fall and eventual hair loss (baldness). This B-complex vitamin can help control sugar in the blood and therefore promote good growth of hair strands.
Biotin may be found in oats, brown rice, and sunflower seeds, egg yolks, peanuts and other protein rich food. Traces of natural biotin is also be found in fruits and vegetable like banana, avocado (great source of Omega 3 & Omega 6 in perfect balance) and soy protein isolate. Biotin is also available in vitamin B complex supplements.
Vitamin A (beta-carotene) is found in dark leafy greens and red, orange or yellow colored fruits and veggies. The richer and deeper the hue, the more beta-carotene rich the fruits /vegetables are. Think of carrots and kale, sweet pepper, yams and sweet potatoes, mangoes, papayas, cantalope, etc.
Why vitamin A for hair? Beta carotene or caroteniod helps in metabolizing protein, supports immune system function, and promotes skin, nail, and hair growth. Deficiency in vitamin A can cause dry, brittle nails, and the common hangnail.
Vitamin C, found in fruits, such as oranges and berries or taken as supplements, encourages blood circulation to the scalp and follicles, which can speed hair growth.
Vitamin E helps increase oxygen levels in the cells of the body–thereby increasing the circulation to the scalp.
Vitamin D is mainly for calcium absorption, good bone and hair follicle integrity. With good and regular intake of vitamin D, hair roots become strong and healthy, able to absorb nutrients needed for hair growth. For the nails, calcium deficiency leads to brittle, flaking and dry nails, which is why vitamin D is essential for our nails, hair and overall skin health.
Reading over this interesting nutritional info, reminds me to redouble my efforts in eating nourishing foods and to begin caring for my nails again with applications of pale green grapeseed oil.
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