Strengthening Essential Oil Nail Serum for Weak, Dry, Brittle Fingernails

Life is so busy.  It’s easy to neglect your nails.

Gel manicures, washing dishes, changing seasons, dry weather, and excessive use of nail polish remover can all cause havoc on our fingernails.

The result is dry, weak, brittle nails that split and break easily.

 

Thank goodness this homemade nail serum is so easy to make.  With just a few ingredients and in about one minute, you can make this natural essential oil nail serum.

It nourishes and strengthens fingernails.

Plus it stimulates healthy nail growth.

And it restores moisture to make nails more flexible and resilient.

 

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This Homemade Nail Serum Really Works

jojoba oil – contains lots of amazing fatty acids that provide intensive hydration and natural moisture to dry and brittle nail beds and cuticles.  Jojoba also helps repair damaged collagen inside nail beds, improving strength and promoting healthy nail growth.  And because jojoba oil is made of very small-sized molecules, it penetrates between the nail layers and is able to go deeper into the nail to condition and soften it.

vitamin e – strengthens brittle nails, softens cuticles, helps prevent hangnails, and conditions cuticles while increasing nail flexibility

lavender essential oil – calms and soothes inflamed cuticles and strengthens weak, brittle nails

lemon essential oil – helps strengthen damaged and peeling nails

frankincense essential oil – helps moisturize nails so that they can grow longer and stronger and enhances the properties of the other essential oils

myrrh essential oil – one of the best essential oils for nail growth.  moisturizes deeply to help relieve brittleness, thinning, and breaking

 

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How to make homemade essential oil nail oil

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step 1: add 1 1/4 teaspoon jojoba oil to roller bottle (like this)

(look for an organic, hexane-free jojoba oil like this)

I just eyeball this measurement.  It’s about two-thirds of a 10ml bottle.

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step 2:  add 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e (like this)

Again, I just eyeball this measurement.  Add vitamin e until roller bottle is almost full — but leave space at the top to add the essential oils and to put the rollerball on.

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step 3:  add the following essential oils

5 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops lemon essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

5 drops myrrh essential oil

this is a 10% dilution, which is a greater concentration of essential oils than I typical use in topical applications.  I’ve found that this blend dilution rate is what works best for my fingernails when apply 2-3 times a week.

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step 4:  snap on the rollerball

make sure that it is on securely so it doesn’t leak.

then gently shake the roller bottle to mix the oils.

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step 5:  apply a label

click here for a free printable of my nail serum label

You can print this label on water-resistant label paper (like this) or plain printer paper and use packing tape (like this) to adhere to bottle.

tip- before applying label, wipe outside of bottle clean with rubbing alcohol.  Let dry and then apply label.

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Here’s the essential oil fingernail strengthening serum recipe one more time

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add 1 1/4 teaspoon jojoba oil (like this) to roller bottle (like this)

add 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e (like this)

add the following essential oils

5 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops lemon essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

5 drops myrrh essential oil

snap on the rollerball, then gently shake the roller bottle to mix the oils

apply a label – click here for a free printable of my nail serum label + the recipe

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How to use nail oil

  • remove nail polish and artificial fingernails
  • wash hands and nails
  • roll serum back & forth over each fingernail
  • start at cuticle and nail bed, then massage into full nail
  • for best results, apply before bed, then put on hand cream and cover with cotton gloves.  I use either my super rich & creamy dry hand lotion (recipe here) or soft & silky whipped body butter (recipe here)
  • use 2-3 times per week

 

here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:

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21 Roller Bottle Blends for Emotions

How to make essential oil inhalers + 24 favorite inhaler recipes

The Best Homemade Soft & Silky Whipped Body Butter

Clever & Creative Ways to Use Empty Essential Oil Bottles

Best deals for essential oil supplies– diffusers cases, spray bottles, carrier oils, essential oil tools

20 Favorite Roller Bottle Blend Recipes and Free Printable Labels

 

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I used Lemongrass instead of lemon by accident? Do you think it’ll work the same?

It won’t work quite the same because lemon and lemongrass grass have varied properties, but it still will be good for healthy nails.
Lemon essential oil helps with strengthening nails and minimizing peeling.
Lemongrass essential oil is better at helping fight nail fungus.

Hello! Why do you suggest we use hexane-free Jojoba oil? Thank you 🙂

Hexane is a solvent from petroleum and crude oil that’s sometimes used to cheaply extract jojoba oil. Much better, in my opinion, to use a jojoba oil that’s been cold-pressed and hexane-free.

I was confused about the vitamin e oil link as it’s a blend with rose hip seed oil and more jojoba? I have vitamin e oil already but not a blend. Should I be using less and add rosehip seed oil too? I have that also. Also the link for labels takes you to the sign up for newsletter which I already get, so it doesn’t pull up. Please advise.

Vitamin e is mixed with an oil. Some brands just don’t call that out. When they don’t say what the vitamin e oil is mixed with, it’s usually soybean oil.
If you already have a vitamin e oil, it’s perfectly fine to use that. You don’t need to add rosehip seed oil or jojoba oil.
I’ll send you an email with the printable. To get the printables, you enter your email each time, but as long as you use the same email, you’ll only be on the newsletter list one time. You can get as many printables and print/download them as many times as you’d like. Once you enter your email, a window should pop up that has a link to the printable.

Is there a good alternative to lavender eo? Lavender gives me migraines. ☹

Yes, geranium would be a good substitute for lavender in this recipe.

Where can I buy vitamin E oil ?

You can find vitamin e oil in most drug stores, natural food stores, and Amazon. You can get it in a bottle or also in capsules. I usually use the kind in a bottle because I make so many DIY items, but the capsules work just fine. Simply cut the capsule open and squeeze out the vitamin e oil. Here’s a link to one of vitamin e oil I’ve used and liked on Amazon. http://amzn.to/2yjkxbq

I always suggest putting the label on first because I always seem to get some of the ingredients on the outside of the bottle. Then the label just doesn’t stick

That works, too. Thanks for sharing!

If you do get oils on the outside, then I’ve found wiping the bottle with rubbing alcohol fixes that and helps the label (or packing tape) stick really well to the roller bottle.

Do you have a supplier that you like for the 10ml roller bottles? I prefer stainless steel to plastic.

I really like these colorful ones from Firefly Craft on Amazon http://amzn.to/2ztYnke
I’ve also had good luck with these amber Vivaplex roller bottles from Amazon http://amzn.to/2yHK5xshttp://amzn.to/2yHK5xs

I don’t have myrrh oil, is there a substitute to use in this recipe? Thanks

It’s not quite as good as myrrh for nails, but frankincense is a reasonably good substitute for the myrrh in this recipe. So rather than 5 drops of frankincense, use 10 drops (and no myrrh).

How will it take before I see a difference. My nails are in terrible shape. They peel and chip all the time

It can vary by person, but you should usually see improvement within a few weeks.

If you use lemon essential oil in this do you need to be careful of sun exposure as lemon is a an oil that is UV sensitive?

Yes, you should be careful with sun exposure.

According the Robert Tisserand’s book Essential Oil Safety, you can use up to 4 drops of lemon essential oil per 10ml of carrier oil without needing to worry about photosensitivity from lemon essential oil and UV exposure. But this recipe calls for 5 drops, so if you use all 5 drops of lemon, you should avoid exposing fingernails to sun for at least 12 hours.

Which frankincense essential oil to use Carteri co2 extract, Carteri, Frereana, Serrata co2 Extract, or Serrata. Which one is the one you use in most of your recipes. Thanks.

I mostly use steam-distilled carterii.

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