Healthy Nails Serum

Keep your cuticles soft and your nails healthy and strong with this serum! This recipe is designed for easy application with a roll-on bottle.

[recipe title=”Healthy Nails Serum” servings=”1 tsp. (5 ml)” time=”2 minutes active” difficulty=”Easy”]



  1. Drop the essential oils, in the order listed, into the roll-on bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil (about 1 tsp).
  2. To use, roll mixture on nails and cuticles as needed.

Note: You can double the recipe and fill a 1/3 oz. (10 ml) Roll-on Bottle instead.

29 thoughts on “Healthy Nails Serum

  1. Will this help with paper thin nails? My nails are very thin and will bend quite easily (they will bend from the nail bed too which is quite painful.) I would really like my nails to get thicker and stronger.

    • Hi Ashley,

      Myrrh, Frankincense, lemon, and coconut oil can all improve the health of your cuticle and stimulate healthy nail growth. It may take some time to see results as the healthy nail grows out from the cuticle, in some cases taking up to three months or more to fully grow out.

    • I’m not entirely sure at what point lemon oil makes your skin photosensitive when diluted, so I can’t perfectly answer your question. However, it is not advised to be exposed to direct sunlight for 12 hours after applying lemon oil topically in general. If I were you, I would still be careful to avoid direct sunlight for extended periods of time after applying this serum to be safe. I would suggest applying the serum at night, then by morning you should be safe if exposed to the sun at that point.

    • All citrus oils are phototoxic so it’s recommended you not go into the sun within 12 hours, but I don’t feel the above @ the 5ml rate is going to do much harm 🙏🏻

    • Sometimes combining oils in a specific order can increase the properties of the oils, as they will bond together differently because of their chemical constituents. If you consult The Art of Roller Bottle Blending post it talks about the different characteristics of oils in a blend such as the personifier, the enhancer, the equalizer, and the modifier. For best results, oils should be blended in that specific order as shown in this recipe.
      Typically, pouring in the carrier oil itself mixes the oils, but you can also shake it to make sure everything is combined.

    • That’s a great idea, Staci! I would replace the wintergreen with melaleuca, so your essential oil to carrier oil ratio isn’t thrown off. If you use this on your toenails to help with toenail fungus, you may also want to rub it around the sides and bottoms of the toes as well. The dilution ratio for this blend is 15% which is fine for occasional use or short-term use. If you want to use this daily, you may want to adjust the ratio by adding the oils to a 1/3 oz. roll-on bottle (for a 7% dilution ratio) or 1 oz. roll-on bottle (for a 2.5% dilution ratio) and filling the rest of the bottle with your carrier oil.

  2. Thanks! I think I would substitute castor oil for the FCO, since it is also known to help with nails and cuticles

  3. Can you direct me to more roller ball recipes? I have never seen anyone else who mixes with the scientific knowledge and expertise as you do!! I want to learn more!! ?

      • The science behind the mixing…as in the article you wrote. How to determine which oils fall into the different categories…high notes, heart notes, etc. And then creating recipes that can be really beneficial, not just grabbing oils that sound like they might be good together from the qualities that you are looking for, but that really work.

    • Frankincense, myrrh, and lemon are all oils that are regarded as safe to use on dogs. Since dogs are often a lot smaller than adults and their skin is more sensitive, I recommend doing a greater dilution as if you were diluting the essential oils for a child. If you were to use this healthy nails serum on your dog, I would recommend doing this recipe instead: Add 2 drops frankincense, 3–4 drops myrrh, and 1 drop lemon (omit the wintergreen essential oil) to a 1/3 oz (10 ml) roll-on bottle, then fill with fractionated coconut oil.

    • Danielle, there isn’t a great substitute for the myrrh oil in this recipe, but you can try leaving it out and adding a couple drops more of frankincense and lemon.

  4. Can you give me the dementions of the DT9534SetA – dōTERRA® Branded Compact Versatile Aromatherapy Case (Holds 60 Vials). I have a petal defuser and need to know if this will hold it and a few vials.

    • That case holds 24 vials in the 2 outer pockets and has space inside that is about 9″x9″x3″. I don’t know if a petal diffuser fits, but it is possible to fit our Whisper diffuser and our Advanced Aromatherapy Diffuser in that inside space.

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