The Best Oils for Nails + DIY Cuticle Oil Recipe

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Did you know that strong nails can be achieved by using natural oils? Your overall nail health can be greatly improved by adding a nail serum to your routine. Beautiful nails are healthy nails and cuticles and there is a natural and easy way to remedy your nail problems! Make this simple cuticle oil recipe to help not only nourish dry cuticles but also strengthen weak, brittle nails. This all natural nail oil will take minutes to make but packs a powerful punch when used daily!

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I’ve had a lot of questions about how to strengthen your nails and I typically always say to try a collagen supplement to increase your collagen production. It’s certainly helped my nails (and hair and skin) but lately I have a few nails that are peeling so I started doing more research find the best oils for strengthening nails. I found some promising information so of course, I made my own DIY cuticle oil recipe that contains only natural ingredients and will renew healthy cuticles as well as strengthen and moisturize dry and brittle nails!!

Why Oils Can Help with Nail Health

You might be wondering how making your own natural cuticle oil can help strengthen your nails. Well, on the simplest level, brittle nails are most likely dry. Oils can rejuvenate your nails and the skin around them which in turn strengthens nails and encourages growth!

The nail is a unique barrier, constituted by many strands of keratin held together by disulfide bonds, which behaves like a hydrogel and has a compact nature with a particular thickness.

In the International Journal of Molecular Science, plant oils can have a positive effect on the overall health of the nail.

Plant oils such as jojoba, avocado, coconut, argan oil, sweet almond oil, safflower, sesame seed, grapeseed oil etc. promote skin barrier homeostasis. They promote antioxidative activity, they have anti-inflammatory properties and anti-microbial properties, they promote wound healing and have anti-carcinogenic properties.

The Best Oils for Nails

A high quality carrier oil can make a huge difference in your nail care. It is the main ingredients in a typical nail oil. Oils have moisturizing effects as well as encourage healthy nail growth.

  • Jojoba oil is highly nourishing and is easily absorbed into the deepest levels of the nail bed. I have heard it can also help repair damaged collagen in the nail. Jojoba is actually a liquid wax which can create a protective barrier.
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil is high in oleic acid and vitamin E. It is rich in saturated fatty acids and lauric acid which is anti fungal. 
  • Avocado Oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, carotenoids and vitamin E and has been known to promote wound healing.
  • Olive oil is rich in oleic acid and helps to create a protective seal over the nails and skin around that nail bed.
  • Vitamin E is extremely helpful with moisturizing and is antioxidant rich. Plus it will help prolong the shelf life of your cuticle oil.

Best Essential Oils for Nails

All essential oils have antibacterial properties, anti-fungal properties and have anti-inflammatory benefits. Just a few drops of essential oil can

  • Frankincense essential oil is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties which can encourage nail growth. It will also intensify the duties of the other oils while helping them penetrate deeper for more evident results.
  • Rosemary essential oil is for promoting hair growth and therefore may have some effect on nail growth.Plus, it revs up blood circulation which is vital for health and healing.
  • Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can be helpful in certain types of nail fungus.
  • Lavender essential oil isboth anti-fungal and antibacterial activity.
  • Peppermint essential oil increases circulation, which can have beneficial effects on nail growth and cuticle health. 
  • Myrrh Essential Oil is known to help strengthen and grow nails! I have used Myrrh with great success HERE when I experience severely dry skin so it makes sense that it could be helpful to nails and cuticles and the perfect ingredients in a DIY cuticle oil.
  • Lemon essential oil may help with yellow nails and is a powerful antibacterial oil.

I chose a combination of Myrrh, Lemon, Lavender and Frankincense essential oils. They work well because they all work to strengthen, nourish and even encourage growth in the nails. 

What Causes Brittle Nails?

According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD), brittle nails fall into two categories: dry and brittle or soft and brittle.

Dry and brittle nails are the result of too little moisture. This is common these days with all the hand sanitizer usage and hand washing.

Soft and brittle nails are caused by too much moisture, often a result of overexposure to detergents, household cleaners, and nail polish remover.

Other Causes:

  • Nails commonly change as people age, often becoming dull and brittle. While toenails commonly get thicker and harder, fingernails often become thinner and more brittle.
  • An iron deficiency occurs when the body doesn’t get enough iron, which leads to low red blood cell levels which leads to brittle nails
  • Symptoms of low thyroid levels may include hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, constipation, and depression and you guessed it-brittle nails.
  • Raynaud’s syndrome is characterized by blood flow problems in the extremities, this condition can affect compromise healthy nails. 

The AOCD gives a diagnostic tip to help determine if your brittle nails are caused by an internal condition or external environment factors: “If the fingernails split, but the toenails are strong, then an external factor is the cause.”

In addition to addressing the root cause of your brittle nails, a collagen supplement and a biotin supplement might be helpful to strengthen nails along with a DIY cuticle oil.

Manicures Can Be a BIG Issue!

Artificial nails such as acrylic nails and gel nails are a must-have for many women. However, these manicures wreak havoc on the health of your nails and cause broken, dry cuticles. Even gel polishes that can be bought at the grocery store are said to cause damage. 

Using acetone nail polish remover can also weaken nails.

Nail Polish Alternatives:

I recently tried nail polish stickers-Wow do they last, I will say that. After 2 weeks of wearing them only a few were beginning to lift but I was ready to be rid of them. When I removed them, my nails were slightly damaged. I believe I pulled off a layer of nail by not removing them with an acetone remover which would have also done damage.

Another option-Have you heard of nail tattoos (water transfer nail stickers)? I love them. They last forever and while they can be a bit childish, I think they add a fun pop! They are cheap and take seconds to apply. They do not require a top coat. 

I’ve also tried nail stickers. They are fun but have to be sealed with a clear polish. This option is definitely better than wearing colored polish and there are some really cute nail stickers on Amazon.

The Best Oils for Nails and DIY Cuticle Oil

Why Use a DIY Cuticle Oil:

The purpose of cuticles is to protect the nails from bacteria. If you’re cuticles are cracked and dry, bacteria can enter the nail bed. In order for cuticles to do their job efficiently, they need to be soft and moisturized.

Using a cuticle oil can help with the appearance of your nails as well. Dry, cracked cuticles are ugly and a sign up unhealthiness. 

Using plant based oils can actually strengthen and rejuvenate brittle nails. 

Store bought cuticle oil can seem like a frivolous expense and I agree. Making your own homemade cuticle oil is simple, cost effective and a higher quality then most cuticle oils on the market. 


What You Need to Make DIY Cuticle Oil:

  • Roller Bottle or empty nail polish bottle
  • Small Funnel
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Myrrh Essential Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil

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Roll On bottle of cuticle oil on tray with jewelry

DIY Cuticle Oil Recipe

Yield: 10 ml Active Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes

Make this simple cuticle oil recipe to help not only nourish dry cuticles but also strengthen weak, brittle nails. This all natural recipe will take minutes to make but packs a powerful punch when used daily!


  • Fill roll on bottle 3/4 full with Jojoba Oil
  • Add about 1/4-1/8 tsp. of Vitamin E Oil
  • 5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil


  • Roll On Bottle or Empty Nail Polish Bottle
  • Small Funnel


*This is what I call an eyeball recipe.  Instead of measuring ingredients out, it’s just easier to eyeball it.*

Combine all ingredients in roll on bottle and shake!  Super simple-super effective!

Graphic of DIY cuticle oil proportions


How to Use DIY Cuticle Oil:

  1. Remove nail polish.
  2. Wash hands.
  3. Roll on a thin layer of serum before bed.
  4. Massage into the nail and cuticles.
  5. Allow to penetrate into the skin.

For best results, use at least once a day. The best time for my personally to use my own cuticle oil is in the evening before bed. Another homemade skin care product I keep by my bed!

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© Jenni Raincloud Category: DIY Bath & Body Recipes

DIY Nail Strengthening SerumI’ve been using this DIY cuticle oil for a while and have been happy to say that my weak nails have greatly improved. I have much less splitting. However, it’s hard for me to commit to not wearing nail polish so if your nails are really brittle and bothersome, I would stay clear of any polishes and use this simple diy cuticle oil daily for at least 3 weeks.

xx, Jenni


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