Nails can be problematic for many people. There are breakage, splitting, and drying issues. Some people can’t get their nails to grow. Oil can help.

So what are nails? They are scale-like modifications of the epidermis that form on the dorsal (situated on or toward the upper side of the body) tips of the fingers and toes.

They protect the exposed distal (situated away from the point of origin or attachment) tips and prevent damage or distortion during activities such as grasping, catching, jumping or kicking.

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Nails are hard derivatives from the stratum corneum layer of the epidermis. The cells are densely packed, that form them, and are filled with parallel fibers of hard keratin.

The pinkish top of the nail is called the nail body. It appears pink because of the blood flowing in underlying capillaries. It covers a layer of epidermis called the nail bed. This bed contains only the deeper, living cell layers of the epidermis.

The cuticle, or eponychium, is a narrow band of epidermis that extends from the margin of the nail wall onto the nail body.

The extending white nail is called the free edge. It appears white because there are no underlying capillaries of blood.

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Oil can be very beneficial to your nails. Massaging oil or combinations of essential oils in a base oil will moisturize, repair, and strengthen them as well as help them grow.

Essential Oils for Healthy Nails

• Carrot seed
• Cypress
• Eucalyptus
• Grapefruit
• Lavender
• Lemon
• Rosemary

These will stimulate strong healthy growth of your nails.

Other Oils

• Argan
• Borage
• Evening Primrose
• Grapeseed
• Sweet Almond

Diseased and Thickened Nails and Beds

In the maturing years disease and thickening can occur. They can also be prone to fungal infections. Tea tree oil can be applied neat (undiluted) to a fungal infected area. If a fungal infection is not the problem massage essential oils (tagetes and tea tree 1:1) in a base oil around the nail and bed.

• 5 drops tagetes
• 5 drops tea tree
• 10 ml (2 teaspoonsful) of base oil (vegetable)

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