Homemade Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil

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As much as I love the winter and the cold temperatures, I don’t like the way it leaves my hands and cuticles dry. This nourishing nail & cuticle oil is one of my favourite products and is made from a blend of high quality oils. These oils are full of nourishing nutrients and moisturising essential fatty acids that effectively penetrates the nail area and moisturises deeply while promoting strong nail growth, increased nail elasticity and healthy cuticles. Contrary to most hand & nail creams, it moisturises naturally and works to replenish moisture without stripping the skin’s natural oils. It is also free of all the synthetic ingredients, parabens, perfumes and mineral oils found in the majority of commercial creams, all of which clog the pores and leave your hands drier the minute you stop moisturising.

A little about the ingredients…

German chamomile oil has long been known as a brilliant skin regenerator. It has calming effects on the skin and nails and is great for cuts, rashes and ingrown nails.

Lemon oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and is also known to strengthen and boost circulation and blood flow to the nails, which promotes strong growth and healthy cuticles. Lemon (fresh or lemon oil) is also fabulous for restoring the nails natural colour and is often used to lift any yellow discolouration of the nails.

Apricot kernel oil is fabulously rich in nail nutrients, particularly essential oils and vitamin E. It effectively increases skin elasticity, minimises signs of ageing skin and helps heal minor skin ailments, all while keeping the nails and cuticles nourished and hydrated.

Jojoba oil naturally mimics the skin’s natural sebum, making it one of the best moisturisers around, as it effectively replenish moisture to the skin without interfering with the body’s natural sebum production. 

Almond oil
is like apricot kernel oil rich in essential fatty acids, and great for dry skin as well as skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other rashes. It is rich in vitamin E, which helps protect the beneficial fatty acids and also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. Almond oil also helps heal cuts and cracks in the cuticle area.

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Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil
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Serves: 20 ml dropper bottle
  • 2 ml Vitamin E drops
  • 5 ml Apricot kernel oil
  • 5 ml Almond oil
  • 5 ml Jojoba oil
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops German chamomile essential oil
  1. Measure up all oils using a small medicine dropper.
  2. Combine all the oils into a 20 ml dark glass dropper bottle. Shake well.
  3. Apply a few drops to nails and cuticles as needed and massage the oil into the nail area to stimulate circulation.
  4. Store in a dry cool area.

Most health food stores stock base oils and essential oils in the skincare section. Alternatively amazon has a great selection of all the ingredients needed. When buying oils, always go for organic unrefined and cold-pressed oils, to ensure premium quality and the best benefits.

I recommend using a dark glass dropper bottle as the fragile fatty acids in the oils can oxidise (loose some of their beneficial properties) when exposed to bright light. Similarly, it is also best to store the bottle in a dry cool area that is not likely to get too warm as warm temperatures can also affect the quality of the oils. If you don’t fancy a dropper bottle, try a dark glass bottle with spray or pump instead of dropper.

7 thoughts on “Homemade Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil”

    • Liam, if you can’t get essential oils, you can probably get chamomile tea (which is dried chamomile flowers either loose or in teabags), same with lemon, using fresh lemon rind (“zest”) or dried lemon rind. I recommend adding a small quantity (2 to 5 grams) each of the dried chamomile & lemon to the least expensive of the oils you use (sweet almond or apricot kernel, probably), just enough to completely cover the herbs in a closed glass container and shake well. Then heat gently, either setting container in a sunny window, shaking it daily for a week or two, then strain out the oil to keep, pressing the oil-soaked herbs into the strainer to get the most of the oil you can. If where you live is not suited to this “sun-tea” method, you can use a microwave oven to heat the mixture. Remove container lid after shaking and letting settle. Use a 400 to 500 watt setting for maximum one minute at a time (for an 800-watt oven, 50%; for a 1500-watt oven, 30%), let stand until lukewarm to touch, repeat 3 more times. Then strain as before and add remaining ingredients proportionately. I recommend storing in the fridge if you moke it in any quantity and live in a hot climate.

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