Gelatin nail soak is a simple, natural remedy that will help strengthen the fingernails. Ideal for cracked and brittle nails, this nail soak can be used by anyone, and it is particularly beneficial if you work with your hands on regular basis. Many commercial products contain unnecessary or potentially dangerous preservatives and chemicals, which this homemade nail soak does not. Store the mixture in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator between uses. Unused portions can be kept for about two months.
Pour 1 cup of water into a small saucepan or tea kettle. Bring to a boil.
Put 1/2 oz. of plain gelatin in a small mixing bowl, and pour the boiling water over the gelatin. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or a disposable stirrer.
Transfer the gelatin nail soak to a wide-mouth glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Use a clean plastic funnel for this process.
To use, pour a small amount of the gelatin nail soak in a shot glass and dip in the tips of your fingers. Leave each finger in the mixture for about two minutes.
Avoid mixing or storing any type of homemade skin or nail care products in an aluminum container, as there is serious concern about heavy metals entering the bloodstream through the pores.
- "Natural Beauty at Home;" Janice Cox; 2002
Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."