Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Garlic-Powered Nails

Since I miss blogging already, especially blogging something related to fashion and vanity, I'll be sharing a newly-founded idea (well, it's new for me) I bumped into the worldwide net. This actually made me thought of having a Vegetable of the Month section in my blog, considering that I am a Biology major. Okay, that's like so Plant Taxonomy, so... no, thanks. :))

Kingdom Plantae
Order Asparagales
Family Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily Allioideae
Genus Allium
Species Allium sativum

Just to let you know what garlic looks like hehehe

Allium sativum or garlic, in layman's term, is an extremely versatile plant native to central Asia. From cooking recipes, to medicinal applications, to health-related properties, just name it and Captain Garlic will come to your rescue.

He may look like a pussy, nor is he Captain Garlic, but Boy Bawang has incredible garlic powers, too!

According to "The Herbal Home Remedy Book," garlic's antibiotic properties can help a wide spectrum of illnesses, including colds, sore throats, strained muscles and earaches. Garlic also has anti-oxidative, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and even anti-cancer properties. And it is also believed to reduce cholesterol. Okay, well, I'm not here to lecture about GC stuff like this.

Strong nails that do not break easily and grow fast is the dream of every woman who wants to have lovely hands, which is exactly not the case for me.

Yes, yes, I nail bite, and I wish I am that hot.

There are natural home remedies to keep the nails strong, and might as well help it grow longer. However, if we want to have beautiful nails it is necessary to devote a few minutes of our daily routine to them (or at least once a week). And yes, I'm not into devoting my time for my nails, either.

Now that we have gotten to know most of garlic's benefits, aside from cooking with and eating garlic, the juice in fresh garlic will also strengthen and harden weak, brittle fingernails. All we need is a clove or two of crushed garlic and a nail polish of your choice.

To harden our nails with the help of garlic powers, all we have to do is:

1. Chop and crush a clove, or two, of garlic and add this to your nail polish.

2. Let this sit for several days, allowing the garlic paste to settle in your nail polish. This lets your old regular nail polish becomes a strengthening solution! (Some store-bought nail hardeners list garlic extract as an ingredient. e.g. Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener and Oleda Hard Hard Nails.)

But if you're doubting about this technique, or if you don't use nail polish but still want to strengthen your nails, you can just try to dab the garlic paste on your nails and let it stand for a few minutes until it dries. Doing this for a couple of days will yield the same benefits. Just don't forget to wash it after, or you'll be making Edward Cullen run away from you all the time.


  1. any nail polish of any colour can be use for this technique?

    1. Yes, dear. But I think it's better if you use it on a colorless nail polish, which will then serve as your base and top coat. :)


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