Olive oil has been around for thousands of years. Fortunately for you, olive oil doesn't just taste good, it is also good for your nails and can be applied externally to benefit them. There are several different ways that you can apply olive oil to your nails that can benefit them with regards to softening them, helping them to grow, and softening your cuticles.
To ease brittleness in nails, heat 1/4 cup of olive oil. Let the olive oil cool down to warm and then break open a vitamin E capsule into it. Massage the mixture into your cuticles and nails. The olive oil will strengthen your nails and make them more flexible while the vitamin E will nourish them.
If you have soft nails and want to harden them, grind 1/2 cup of shelled walnuts up, then mix together 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 1 tbsp. of castor oil, and 1 tsp. of honey to form a paste. Massage the paste into your nails. Rinse your hands with warm water when you're done, and pat them dry with a towel. Repeat twice a week.
To soften your cuticles, fill a bowl with warm water and add 1/2 cup of olive oil. Soak your hands in this mixture for 10 minutes. Dry off your hands with a towel and then apply cuticle cream. Using an orange stick wrapped in cotton, gently push back your cuticles by making small circles against them. Repeat this for each cuticle.
To help your nails grow, mix 1/2 cup of tomatoes or tomato juice, and 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a bowl. Soak your fingers in this mixture for 10 minutes, then rinse your hands off and dry them with a towel. Tomatoes contain biotin, which is a natural ingredient known to help the growth of nails and hair, and olive oil helps to moisturize your nails and cuticles.