Information on our Nail and Cuticle Oil Blend
Use our Nail and Cuticle Oil Blend to moisturize, treat and heal brittle, dry and damaged nails and cuticles.
The health of your nails and cuticles is determined by a couple of factors, such as nutrition, environmental stressors (harsh detergents etc), level of care, your general health as well as the various products used on hands.
After repeated requests from clients on the web, as well as the alternative health clinic with which we closely work, for a specialist oil to help with the health of nails and cuticles, we formulated this particular oil blend. Our customers seem to be very satisfied with the results achieved.
Formulation of our Nail and Cuticle Oil Blend
The selection of essential oils in our Nail and Cuticle Oil Blend were made to cover the greatest range of problems that people normally have with their nails and cuticles – hard cuticles that may be ragged and tear easily, and dry, thin and brittle nails that split and do not grow and form correctly.
We carefully selected the following natural and pure essential and carrier oils to moisturize and encourage natural growth and health:
Jojoba Carrier Oil
Jojoba oil is actually not an oil, but a liquid wax obtained from the Jojoba bean. The oil was discovered to be remarkably similar to our natural skin oil or sebum.
Jojoba oil is extensively used in skin care products, as it has remarkable moisturising qualities and also helps with the absorption of other active ingredients.
We included Jojoba oil in this formulation as it helps to heal the nail bed, soften the cuticle and is also high in natural vitamins B and E.
Jojoba has slight anti-viral and antibacterial properties, which also make this a an excellent addition to a formulation of this nature.
This oil is tolerated very well even by sensitive skins and allergies are rarely reported.
Almond Carrier Oil
Sweet Almond oil has been used in manicures and pedicures since ancient times and was usually warmed slightly for comfort’s sake.
This oil is often used in salons, where the hands are submerged in the oil – Almond oil softens the skin on the hands, softens the cuticles and moisturises the nails.
Sweet Almond oil is high in B vitamins and is said to make the nails more malleable, preventing peeling, cracking and breaking of the nails.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense oil is said to help rejuvenate an ageing skin, is a skin tonic and is effective with sores, carbuncles, wounds, scars and skin inflammation.
Frankincense oil has properties which help protect the nail bed from infections, helps sort out any underlying infections, strengthens the nail and is said to encourage the growth of smooth and healthy nails.
Niaouli Essential Oil
Tea Tree essential oil is commonly used in nail and cuticle blends, as it is reported to have strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Tea tree oil has been receiving rather bad press lately, and we decided to substitute it with Niaouli oil, which is of the same family.
Niaouli oil has a much nicer scent and possesses remarkably similar properties and is said to have a gentler action.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is a standard favourite in Aromatherapy.
It promotes healing and the formation of healthy tissue.
Lavender encourages the formation of cell tissue and is used in our blend for the refreshing smell, its healing and relaxing properties and to promote optimal nail growth.
How to use our Nail and Cuticle Oil Blend
Although we refer to “essential oils” as oils, they are not oily in the normal sense of the word, since they are volatile compounds, and jojoba oil is also not really an oil, but in actual fact a wax ester, and does not have an oily or greasy consistency.
The Sweet Almond oil is also a light easily-absorbed oil.
For the blend to be the most effective, we recommend that the oil be massaged daily into the nails and cuticles for a minimum of two minutes.
To help the oils be more effectively absorbed, a warm towel may be wrapped around the hands after applying the oil, for about 10 minutes.
Another idea is to coat the hands and nails with the oil (paying special attention to the nail and cuticle on each finger by gently massaging them), and then to cover the hands with plastic / non-absorbent gloves and to sleep with these on. Remove the gloves and wash your hands when you get up in the morning.