Home Remedies for Stronger Nails

by Marlee Ray Kula

You can help your nails grow stronger and healthier by creating treatments made from everyday ingredients, and by also introducing the right nutrition and vitamins to your diet.

Vitamins and Diet

Help make your brittle nails stronger by including nutrients that promote nail health in your daily diet.

  • Biotin is a supplemental B vitamin that can help strengthen brittle nails over time. This supplement also aids the health of your hair and skin. Biotin can be taken once a day to help treat and prevent weak nails, but be sure to check with your doctor to find out what daily dose is right for you.   
  • Fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel are packed with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids that can improve the quality of your nails and also fight heart disease and diabetes. These fatty acids build the keratin protein that strengthens soft nails.  
  • If you're not a fan of seafood, flax seed oil is an alternative source of omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming 1 or 2 tablespoons a day can aid brittle, flaky nails by moisturizing the nail bed. Try using flax seed oil as a salad dressing or add ground flax seed to your cereal or oatmeal.   
  • Weak nails can also be strengthened by eating iron-rich foods such as eggs and spinach. For best results, combine them with foods that are also rich in vitamin C. This helps your body effectively absorb the nutrients.  
  • The herb horsetail is known for its natural high content of silicon, calcium and iron. A cup of horsetail tea each day can help regenerate your nails and strengthen brittle bones too.   

Home RemediesĀ for the Hands

The ingredients used in some home recipes are rich with nutrients that can help repair and regenerate your nails without breaking the bank.

  • Give dry, sensitive nails, a boost of protein and moisture by combining and mixing one egg yolk with a tablespoon of honey. Rub it directly onto your nails and leave the mixture on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off.  
  • Strengthen and repair brittle nails by soaking them in warm olive oil or coconut oil for five to 10 minutes. To further cleanse, brighten, and whiten your nails, add a teaspoon of lemon juice.  
  • In addition to drinking horsetail tea, a soak of dried horsetail infusion can be equally effective for nail regeneration. Make this infusion by boiling 2 tablespoons of the dried herb in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Once it's cooled, soak your nails for 30 minutes.  
  • If you're ever in need of a quick, low-maintenance treatment, use any thick cream or balm such as petroleum jelly or beeswax to help seal in moisture. Massage it into your fingernails and leave it on all day.  

Tips

    • For best results, apply any of these home remedies to your hands just before bed, and put on a pair of gloves to maximize the moisturizing effects.   
    • Wear gloves as much as possible when using household cleaners. Detergents, soaps, and disinfectants are rife with chemicals that leave your skin feeling dry and irritated.  

About the Author

Marlee Ray Kula is an Emerson College graduate with a passion for DIY cosmetics and carefree style. The years she spent working with an all-natural cosmetic company have made her a bonafide beauty expert. Kula has been a contributing writer for Emmagazine and Lush Cosmetics.