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Tea Tree Oil for Brittle Fingernails and Hangnails

Oceanna (Wa) on 08/11/2018
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Brittle Fingernails and Hangnails

I've battled brittle fingernails and hangnails for years. A few weeks ago I began massaging undiluted Tea Tree Oil into my fingernails and the skin surrounding them in the morning and at bed time. The Tea Tree Oil is absorbed quickly. My nails look hydrated and healthy, with no peeling or chipping since I started this. Improvement was visible from the first application. I've had a couple of hangnails since but nowhere near as often as before.

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Vitamin E for Nails

Marta (Denmark) on 05/11/2018
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Hello! I take vitamin e for many years. Originally I take it to strength my nails but it's doing good for my hair too, stronger, shiny. I take 400 mg of natural Vitamin E. I don't rub into my nails like many people do because taking it internally is better I think.
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Tea Tree Essential Oil for Thicker, Stronger Nails

Jaleeah (Oakland) on 01/23/2016
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I bit my nail for 55 years because they were very thin. I didn't like when they were growing - they would bend backward. By applied Tea tree oil twice a day the nail is hard and my grew back beautiful. People thought I had on fake nails.
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Stronger Nails

Joy (Il) on 01/11/2016
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Apple Cider Vinegar is one amazing product to strengthen weak nails!! I've had soft, yet brittle nails that break easily all my life. To make matters worse, I also had copious amounts of painful hang nails. A few months ago, I began taking apple cider vinegar for an unrelated problem. Within three weeks my nails were strong and the hang nails disappeared. To prove to myself that it was the vinegar, I stopped taking it for a month, and sure enough, my nails again became soft and brittle. Another round of apple cider vinegar for a few weeks gave me beautiful nails. I'm convinced!

Daily apple cider vinegar will be a part of my health and beauty regimens forever. I take about one tablespoon of vinegar daily in tomato juice. If you'd like to make the concoction more palatable, you could try mixing in some natural horseradish and worstershire sauce (don't use Heinz because of the unhealthy ingredients) like a bloody Mary (minus the vodka, okay?). It is delicious prepared this way, but I don't always have the time.

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Stronger Nails

Cindy (Newtown, Pa) on 09/07/2015
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I have had weak nails all my life and started taking apple cider vinegar tablets for other health reasons and discovered that my nails are stronger than ever before! I am thrilled! Raw apple vinegar is pure torture and didn't even work when I tried to drink for a couple weeks. The tablets worked immediately and help regulate blood sugar levels, sugar cravings, acne, etc.....a lifesaver!!
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Garlic for Weak Nails

Zarah22 (Scranton, PA) on 12/30/2014
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Used raw garlic on my little girl's nails and it does make her nails stronger. I rubbed it on her nails after bath in the morning and before bedtime. I saw improvement after 2 weeks of continuous use. Highly recommend it!
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Garlic for Weak Nails

Jackdblack (Madison, Wisconsin, USA) on 12/23/2014
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I have checked the posts here but I have not seen garlic. You see, my mom used to rub our nails with peeled, raw garlic everyday. She said that her mother used to do the same to her and it made her nails stronger.

When I was a young kid I had thin, weak toenails that bend on their own when they grew longer. My mom's garlic remedy paid off as my nails became thick and stronger. I want to share this home remedy as it might work for you too!

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Re: Lugol's Iodine Cured Brittle Nails

Beth (Palmyra, Nj) on 06/23/2014
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I began taking 2 drops of Lugol's iodine daily for brittle nails. Within two weeks my nails are unbelievably strong and hard. Also, I injured one nail over thirty years ago below the growth line. Every time this nail begins to grow it, it would crack vertically. I was told there was no remedy. I now have a nail growing on that finger!! No explanation other than the iodine. I am a believer!
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Re: ACV and Coconut Oil for Nail Fungus

Oweno1 (El Paso, Texas, Usa) on 05/11/2014
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Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil : This combination works speedily. I have suffered from fungus on my fingernails for several years. I stumbled across this site and began treating myself with ACV, later as I began to learn more decided to cook with Coconut Oil, then even ingest it as a supplement. This remedy sped my healing. I had been taking meds for this disease for a couple years and it would be a temporary partial fix. (I gave up on the meds) The ACV and Coconut Oil work fast and beautifully! The itching stops within days, the cracking stops thereafter and within weeks your nails will grow smoothly. It took a while, if you skip a day or two don't fret, just keep at it. The ACV taste terrible, so on occasion I skipped. LOL My nails are becoming stronger by the week and the cuticles are now connecting with the nails beautifully. I am no longer embarrassed of my hands. Please try this! ACV works, faster with Coconut Oil and as bonus my adult acne has cleared! My case was so bad it took about six months plus. Never really kept records but noticeable by the week.
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Re: Vicks for Fungus

Julie (Daly City, California) on 04/19/2014

I read somewhere about a year ago that V**ks V***rub works to kill toenail fungus. Well one day I tried it. Then I forgot about it until one day when I went to cut my toe nails and I thought, wow, is it my imagination or did that one time of rubbing the v**ks into my toe nail really work because my nails looked slightly better. So I rubbed a little on again and again forgot about it for a bit and then remembered and took a closer look. My nails looked a little better. I rubbed it on them again and the next time I checked I swear my little toe nails were looking flatter and started to look less like the fat lump of a toenail they had become. The other nails started to look like they were flattening out too...meaning they weren't growing away from the nail bed so much because of the noticeable disappearance of that substance that grows under the nail associated with the fungus. I am not diligent about applying it probably everyday like I should but I was impressed with the results after only 3 applications done at least a month apart. I am going to try and be more consistent with applying it, hopefully everyday, and see what happens but I honestly saw a difference with just those three times and had seen no difference with other over the counter type applications. I will post my results, if any, in the future but as God as my witness, I swear, there is a difference. It doesn't seem to hurt the nail or the skin and it's worth a shot and hopefully I will be posting positive results sometime soon!
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Biotin for Weak Nails

Aginto (Toronto, Ontario) on 02/07/2010
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I've been taking a 250mg supplement of Biotin once a day for about 3 weeks before I noticed the changes in my nails! They are harder, they don't break or chip as easily. I went on vacation for 2 weeks and forgot my Biotin. Lo and behold, near the end of the 2 week vacation I had broken one nail and chipped another!

I am back on the Biotin. I've also added the de-colorized Iodine to my repertoire and will report back after a week or two. Thanks for all the great advice Earth Clinic!!!

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Fish Oil for Nails

DeAnna (Clarksville, TN) on 07/13/2009
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Fish oil was recommended to me as a supplement from a personal trainer....happened to notice after a couple of weeks that my nails were actually growing and not breaking nearly as much!!! Didn't realize it had a benefit to nails also! Will definitely keep taking for my nails!
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Fish Oil for Weak Nails

Anna (Brooklyn, NY) on 04/03/2009
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Fish oil made my nails stronger in a matter of days. Take the prescribed daily dose.
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Biotin for Weak Nails

Karen (Chicago, IL) on 02/15/2009
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My fingernails were soft and frequently broke. I starting taking 1000 mcg biotin twice a day, and within 2 months, they became rock solid. I stopped taking biotin for a while, and my nails returned to being soft. When I started taking the pills again, my nails toughened up. Karen
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Silica for Weak Nails

Dan (Markam, Canada) on 07/22/2008
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Silicon is not present in large amounts, yet found in every type of tissues in the body. Silicon is used to keep bones, cartilage, tendons and artery wall healthy. It is required by the nails, hair and skin, silicon levels drop as we age. So if cartilage is not in any joint after surgery, silicon will replace it. If you want nice hair, and nails, silicon is also called silica. I take it and I have good hair and nails that look good and they are hard. If you do not have any idea where to get some, look to the internet. It has information on healthy products.
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Rekha (Bangalore, India) on 06/04/2008
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Apply a little juice from a lemon to your finger nails every day. It makes them strong and they grow doubly fast! I was a compulsive nail biter since childhood and had very brittle nails. I kicked the habit and tried this remedy and now my nails are long and strong.
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Stephanie (Loganholme, Qld. Australia) on 09/24/2006
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Iodine cures brittle and easily broken finger nails. It makes the fingernails hard, chip proof and unbreakable. Dip your fingernails in colorless iodine once a day for 1 week; then once a week for 3 to 4 weeks; then once a month. It dries almost instantly. It begins hardening the nails under the cuticle and as the nail grows out it stays hard and unbreakable. Once the new hard nail reaches the length you want, you will never again have chipped and broken nails. No need for all those expensive formulas sold in beauty parlors and chemist shops.
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Jane (Houston, Texas) on 04/19/2007
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I painted decolorized iodine on my thin and brittle fingernails. One week later they look healthy and are growing, and even the formerly dry and ragged cuticles are smooth, even without manicuring them! I saw the remedy in a newspaper column and found this wonderful website trying to check it out. The remedy is painting the nails every day for a week, then once a week thereafter. I found the iodine in the Latino cosmetics area of HEB supermarket. Next I'll work on the skin tags! Thanks so much!
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Joanna (California) on 03/31/2006
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I see a Thyroid Specialist for hypothyroidism. I was complaining about my weak, brittle nails when he suggested that although my thyroid was functioning properly (too much or too little thyroid function can cause weak nails), that I may be deficient in folic acid. I'm not as faithful about taking my vitamins and supplements as I should be, but I do notice that when I take a folic acid supplement that my nails become stronger and break less often. You can buy folic acid as an individual supplement, but you can buy multivitamins with folic acid in them.
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Michelle (London, UK) on 03/01/2004
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Blackstrap Molasses works for me! After the first fortnight of drinking a cup each morning with the juice of half a lemon, my skin felt really soft and had lost its dryness and my nails are growing stronger and more uniform. This is in addition to having a lot more energy, I have also managed to stop smoking and not experience the side effect of constipation. This remedy is the cheapest but most effective way of taking varied supplementary vitamins.
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