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August 3, 2015

Essential Oils For Nails: Pamper Your Nails

It’s so easy to get caught up in life and neglect your fingernails. Some of us chew our nails. Some of us shred them rather than cut them when they get too long. (That would be me!) Some of us ignore them and let them be abused by the kind of work we do. No matter how you currently care for your nails, it just may be time to add essential oils to this beauty routine.

The following are ways to use essential oils to make your nails much healthier. You can also refer to the article on how to Pamper Your Hands with Essential Oils for some more wonderful recipes for your hands. There are great recipes in the Pamper Your Feet with Essential Oils as well. Many of these recipes are interchangeable.

Best Essential Oils for Nails

Points of Interest


Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your hands. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Nourish-Your-Nails Oil

Add the oils to a dark colored, 2-ounce glass storage bottle with a dropper top. Screw on the bottle’s dropper top, wrap your hand around the bottle, and shake the formula vigorously for 2 minutes to completely blend all ingredients and gently warm to body temperature. Place the bottle in a dark location that’s between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours so that the oils can synergize. Apply 1 drop to each nail and massage in with a soft flannel cloth for approximately 1 minute. Use nightly. Follow with a moisturizer.

Clean Nail Oil

Apply around and under the nail 2 or 3 times per day to nail beds.

Aromatic Nail-Conditioning Soak

Soak nails in formula for 10 minutes. Buff to stimulate circulation and bring out a healthy shine. Follow with a moisturizer. Great for torn or dry cuticles.

Nail Rescue

Heat the beeswax in a small glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. When it becomes runny, remove from heat and add the lemon oil and stir thoroughly. Add the almond oil and Castor oil a little at a time, stirring constantly. As the beeswax cools, it will become solid but pliable. If it is too hard, reheat and add more almond oil, drop by drop. Apply the wax to the fingers every night. Wear 100% cotton gloves to bed to allow the wax to absorb completely. When they are in good shape, apply once a week for maintenance.

Nail Strengthener

Store blend in a dark colored, glass bottle. To use, add 10 drops to 1 teaspoon Avocado oil and massage well into nails and cuticles. Do this after a manicure but don’t put on nail polish for 24 hours.

A Last Thought

How do you like to treat your nails? What recipes do you use for essential oils for nails? After you go pamper your nails, let us know how it went in the comment section below.

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I made up a 10 mL dropper bottle using lavender, lemon, frankincense and myrrh essential oils with a few drops of Vitamin E oil and arnica oil as a carrier. Wish I had come across this article first as I might have tried some other oils mentioned here. Thanks for your post!

Tara Taylor | February 22, 2017 | Reply

Under Nurish the direction says to massage 1 min each oil…did you mean 1 min each nail ?

Suzanne | July 20, 2017 | Reply

    Thank you for pointing this out, Suzanne. We will update this blog article to reflect the updated info. We suggest leaving it on the nails for 1 minute.

    Rocky Mountain Oils | September 5, 2017 | Reply

Very nice article. I certainly appreciate this site. Continue the good work!

Quadrall CBD Hemp Oil} | August 25, 2017 | Reply

My nails were never strong, but at 74 the oil in my nails is gone and they are cracked into the nail bed. Which of your products do you think will help me?

Elaine Papiernik | April 4, 2018 | Reply

What do you recommend for toe nail fungus? Also, what do you recommend as the best way to apply oils to toe nails?

Tracy Sherwood | April 4, 2018 | Reply

    Thank you for your question Tracy! We are not able to provide direct advice, however the Clean Nail Oil recipe provided in the post would be a great one to check out!

    Clean Nail Oil
    5 drops Tea Tree
    1 drop Cinnamon Bark
    2 drops Lavender
    1/2 ounce Calendula Infused oil
    Apply around and under the nail 2 or 3 times per day to nail beds.

    RMO CS | April 6, 2018 | Reply

Thank you! I ve been using olive oil and rosmarinus officinalis. Just the olive oil has been rescuing me and friends, like miracle. I ve loved the way you put it, and I ll try the recipes 🙂

Silvia Fittipaldi | September 4, 2018 | Reply

I personally love the smell of lavendar.

ashley zetaclear | October 21, 2018 | Reply

my nails are in bad shape spliting a lot dry too and i am making the solution up now i dont have lemon but have lavender and myrrh and the carrior oils cant wait to see if it helps i will get the lemon soon and add that to it thanks for the recipe

linda | March 14, 2019 | Reply

Helpful article! One question- under ‘Nail Strengthener’, you state to not use oil until 24 hours after a manicure. What are the reasons?

atty k | April 28, 2019 | Reply

I love this article! Thank you so much for putting it together and sharing. I have been getting acrylic nails done for many years and now that I want to go let my nails be natural they are super thin and it hurts to not have them covered with the acrylics. Any suggestions on how I can help my nails heal and become thicker, healthier nails? Thanks!

Valerie Abramat | October 14, 2019 | Reply

    Hi Valerie! So happy that you enjoyed this post!
    As someone who also struggles with thin and brittle nails, I have found that keeping the nails moisturized with FCO or a carrier oil can really help them grow to be stronger. Filing in one direction helps shape your nails without weakening the nailbed as well. Hope that this is helpful! – Tawny

    Rocky Mountain Oils | October 7, 2020 | Reply