Nails require constant care. They chip, crack and discolor due to harsh treatment. They need to be constantly cleaned, moisturized and buffed to keep them looking in the pink of health. A few commonsense nail care tips will ensure healthy nails. Keep the nails trimmed, clean and moisture free. Be careful when filing nails, do not file too deeply into the nail bed area to get pointed nails. Use emery board instead of a metal nail file. wear gloves while cleaning dishes, cleaning or dusting.

Here are a few natural home treatment to get rid of common nail problems

 How to strengthen nails

Soak nails daily in warm almond oil or olive oil for 5 to 7 minutes, preferably before bed time.

Discolored Nails

You can clean discolored nails by soaking them in a solution of lemon juice and warm water for 10 minutes. Then clean them with white vinegar.

Get rid of Cracked Nails

Apply glycerine at bedtime to heal cracks in nails. A generous application of glycerine, soothes the nails.

Swollen Cuticles

Soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes. Make a paste of turmeric powder and sandalwood powder. Apply this paste thickly, like an ointment on the cuticles. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off.

To Harden Soft Nails

Sometimes soft nail crack easily. To harden them, soak them in olive oil for 20 minutes every alternate day.

To Whiten Nails

Dip a swab of cotton wool in hydrogen peroxide: clean the nails with this swab, rub under the nails to clean and whiten them.

Cuticles Softener

After a bath, massage cuticles with warm olive oil or almond oil everyday. While massaging, push back the cuticles using your finger tips to do so.

Splitting Nails

Eat five to six raw almond everyday in the morning to get relief from splitting of nails.

Cure infected nails

Squeeze the gel of aloe-Vera and put it directly on the infected nail. Then cover the nail with a warm slightly damp cotton cloth.

Cure infected nail with lemon

Take a lemon and cut a small opening at the end on the lemon. Then push your infected finger inside the lemon.  Keep for some time preferably till the lemon stops stinging.  lemon juice is also used to remove the stains from the nails. And the good news is that it restores the natural pH.

It may however be noted that if the nail infection continues then you must see a doctor. Many a times home remedies doesn’t go well with infections.

Nail biting preventive

Make a aloe-Vera paste at home to get rid of nail biting habit. Take some fresh aloe Vera leaves.  Squeeze out the gel. When you have collected enough gel then double boil it. When the gel turns to a thick consistency, place it in a neat and clean jar. Label the jar properly. Now whenever you have the urge of biting the nail just apply this little aloe-Vera juice on the nails. Slowly the bitter taste will discourage you from doing so.

It may be noted that the above remedy should not be tried by pregnant ladies and stop it if you get vomiting tendency.

Care of hangnails

The cold weather, hard rough works, frequent hand washing habits and nail biting habits gives way to hang nail.Hang nail is a fleshy part of the dry skin that have split from the edges of the finger nails. This often gets painful if not taken care of promptly. The first thing to be done is that cut the dry skin carefully with a scissor or clipper. Then apply some moisturizing cream. It should become a habit of applying cream every time you wash your hand so as to get rid of hangnails.

Nail fungus remedy

Women are more prone to nail fungus especially in feet. The nail fungus can be easily cured by applying henna paste. Apply henna paste on the nail at night and wash it properly in morning. Avoid keeping the infected area in water for long.

The causes that affects on nail health

 Lack of vitamin A and calcium causes dryness and brittleness.

 Lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C causes hang nails.

 White bands across the nails are caused by protein deficiency.

 A lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid can cause splitting nails.

 Insufficient intake or vitamin B12 can lead to excessive dryness, very rounded and curved ends and darkening of nails.

 Insufficient zinc can cause development of white spots on the nails.

 Cuts and cracks in the nails may indicate a need for more liquids.

 Red skin around your cuticles can be caused by poor metabolism of essential fatty acids.

Eat a diet composed of 50% fruit and raw vegetables in order to supply necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Eat foods rich in sulfur and silicon