For many years, my toenails have been cracked and brittle. Whether it’s a nutritional deficiency or simply due to often wearing poor footwear, I’m not sure. I’ve never actually consulted a healthcare professional about it, because otherwise, my feet are in good shape! A month or so ago,  I ran into a recipe for a serum that looked like it had some potential. The original recipe combined frankincense, lemon, myrrh, and wintergreen essential oils with wheatgerm oil. I don’t have myrrh on hand (and likely never will), so I whipped something up without it.

While this has yet to heal the large split on my big right toe (and likely will not), I have noticed an improvement in appearance of new nail growth, and the skin around my nails. I will admit that I’m actually pretty terrible at remembering to apply this twice a day. I get in one good application at night, before bed, but I think diligence is the key with this one. I also use this serum on my fingernails, in between polish applications. It helps with dry skin and peeling, and makes up for some of the damage caused by nail polish remover. And yes, yes, I will soon be switching to a natural one! It’s the last remaining vestiges of toxicity in my bath and beauty arsenal.

Generally speaking, my skin and nails are much happier in the summer months. I will definitely be breaking this out more often come November.

nail serum with Young Living essential oils // girldust.com

You will  need:

  • dark colored glass bottle

I still have these 4oz bottles with glass droppers on hand, but I’m looking into purchasing some smaller ones. When working in small numbers, four ounce bottles are a little unmanageable.

Dark colored glass blocks light, and with essential oils that’s a good thing! I would not recommend using plastic, but if you do, be sure only to use it for this project. Do not reuse the bottle for other applications!

  • vitamin E or wheatgerm oil (I use this E oil blend that uses wheat germ as a base; buy wheat germ oil here, or any natural foods store.)

Wheat germ oil is rich in vitamin E, which can increase blood circulation, and help stimulate new cell growth.

The following essential oils:

  • frankincense (promotes regeneration of skin cells)
  • lemon (antiseptic, restores shine)
  • wintergreen (antiseptic)
  • lavender optional

nail serum with Young Living essential oils // girldust.com

I used Young Living essential oils because I love the the quality, however feel free to use any therapeutic grade oils you prefer. This is being absorbed through your skin, so be sure to educate yourself!

Use the following ratio as a guide to fill the bottle of your choosing:

  • E oil 4 drops
  • lemon 3 drops
  • frankincense 2 drops
  • wintergreen 1 drop
  • lavender 1 drop (optional)

nail serum with Young Living essential oils // girldust.com

Remember, essential oils are potent and a little goes a long way! I usually only make a small amount of this at a time, but the vitamin e does extend the shelf life. Feel free to make as large a batch as you think you’ll need.

Shake well before each use. Apply 1-2 drops to each nail, twice a day. Massage into your nails and cuticles.

I totally shouldn’t have to say this, but essential oils are not a magical cure all. Please see your doctor or dermatologist with any serious skin health concerns.

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