I live in Minnesota. This year, we had the COLDEST winter temperatures of all the U.S. States, for the longest period of time. Let's just say, we are just a little ready for flip flops. Just sayin'.
In the winter, I don't bother with taking care of my nails usually, but this winter, I had some serious cracking going on with my nail cuticles. They are sore, raw, cracked, bloody....yeah. They are just painful and ugly.
There are so many cuticle oils out there right now. Using a petrolieum based cuticle oil just bugs me. I would much rather make my own using pure, natural ingredients that not only cost less, but make more and are better for me and the environment. So, that's how I came up with this fabulous DIY Cuticle Oil! I already had most of the ingredients on hand and I just started researching what essential oils are great for softening cuticles and beautifying nails. You can learn a lot from visiting a library, or just Google-ing "essential oils for cuticles."
I carefully researched the properties of each essential oil in this recipe. It's important not to use HOT oils like peppermint. Getting peppermint into your eyes can really sting. So, I chose soothing and healing oils: eucalyptus, grapefruit and lavender.
Eucalyptus is a fabulous antiinfectious and anti-inflammatory. Perfect for use on the hands to soothe sore muscles and fight off painful cracked cuticles.
Grapefruit has a lovely smell and is a very affective mood booster. It's antiseptic properties are perfect for cuticle massages and use on the hands.
Lavender is one of the those STAPLE essential oils that you should have in your medicine cabinet! There are SO many uses for lavender oil (don't get me started!). For the purpose of this cuticle oil, I chose to include lavender essential oil because of it's antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Again, PERFECT for use on nails and cuticles!
Let's get started!
Here is what you'll need:
- 1 oz. glass with dropper from Spark Naturals
- 1 oz of Sweet Almond Oil from Spark Naturals
- 6 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil from Spark Naturals
- 4 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil from Spark Naturals
- 8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil from Spark Naturals
- Fill the 1 oz. glass bottle with Sweet Almond Oil.
- Add eucalyptus, grapefruit and lavender to the bottle.
- Replace the dropper top and gently shake.
- You're done! Use as often as desired, but be sure to use at night before bed to allow your cuticles to heal over night!
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