For fingernails and toenails. Also effective in treating persistent athlete's foot and cracking heel. Herbal Nail Fungus Soak is made in America.
1. Bring 4 cups apple cider vinegar just to a boil and shut off heat, in a stainless, glass, enamel or non-stick pan. (DO NOT use aluminum or cast iron.)
2. Add the Nail Soak herbs and stir briefly.
3. Cover the pan with a lid and remove from heat and let the mixture cool overnight.
4. Next day, strain out the herbs, keeping the liquid and discarding the herbs. This liquid can be reused for up to 2 months.
To use: Soak affected area on hands or feet 3-5 minutes daily (soaking longer isn't necessary). Pat dry but don't rinse after soaking.
To soak feet, if that area is affected, use an inexpensive plastic shoe storage box (available at most discount stores). Put the liquid into the shoe storage box and keep it next to the shower so that you can soak after bathing. Keep the box covered and out of direct sunlight. The liquid does not require refrigeration, but might evaporate if not covered. Label the box so it doesn't get poured out by mistake.
New, healthy nail growth or improvement generally begins to be seen in about 6 weeks. For slower growing nails, look for improvement the second or third time you trim your nails. Continue treatment until damaged nails grow out, or symptoms disappear. Successful treatment may take more than one box.
NOTE: You will need 1 qt of apple cider vinegar, plus the contents of one box. If you have a choice, avoid vinegar that includes caramel coloring. It isn't harmful, but the coloring may temporarily discolor the nails slightly. The best vinegar to use is the least expensive apple cider vinegar from the grocery store. (The mfg. suggests you avoid using fancy, health store vinegars for this purpose, as most are unpasteurized and are not as effective.) Surprisingly, inexpensive store brands of plain, brown, apple cider vinegar work the best.