For some reason, healthy fingernails can go a long way to instilling confidence in women. Having tidy, manicured nails just seems to make us feel better about ourselves. I love this recipe because it’s so simple, it smells amazing, and I feel like I’m pampering myself each evening with a quick application. Try this Roses and Myrrh Cuticle Serum to condition and strengthen nails.

About the Ingredients

Essential Oils

In this recipe we have oils of rose, rosemary, melrose, and myrrh.

Like a pricey manicure, rose essential oil is a big splurge for some women. But it’s so much more than just a lovely fragrance. Rose contains an array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which have emollient properties to keep cuticles moisturized dry skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and inflammation of the nail bed. 

The best part is that a tiny bit really goes a long way with rose essential oil. One bottle should last you a very long time, so go ahead and spoil yourself just a little! If you don’t have rose oil, you can use geranium in this recipe instead.

Rosemary essential oil is great for skin and nails because it promotes good circulation. This prevents cracked cuticles and also promotes nail growth. It contains phenolic compounds, which are astringent to keep those nail beds clean and prevent infection.

Melrose is a blend of Melaleuca, naouli, rosemary, and clove essential oils. It is popular in cosmetic and personal hygiene products for protecting hair and nails. These oils may help strengthen nails and prevent breakage.

Throughut history, women have used myrrh essential oil for personal care products. It nourishes and moisturizes the skin and prevents free radical damage. It’s especially great for ragged cuticles.

Fatty Oils

Vitamin E oil moisturizes cry cuticles and contains antioxidants that help rebuild and strengthen nails.

Jojoba is actually not a true oil but a wax ester. It comes from the seeds of the plant, which contain abundant fatty acids. These fatty acids act as an emollient for dryness, as well as a natural preservative to protect and promote healthier cuticles, which results in healthier fingernails. Jojoba can also improve the strength of nail beds to boost healthy nail growth.

Grapeseed oil has a slicker, lighter consistency and penetrates deeply to moisturize the nail bed. It helps prevent brittle nails that break and split easily.

Roses and Myrrh Cuticle Serum



  1. Combine essential oils in a 10 mL dropper bottle. Add vitamin E oil.
  2. Next, add jojoba and grapeseed oils to fill. (You don’t necessarily have to measure 4 mL of the oils. Just fill the bottle almost halfway to the top with jojoba and then top off with grapeseed.)
  3. Swirl gently to incorporate.
  4. To use, drop on cuticles and massage into the skin with your fingers. Apply once or twice daily as needed.

Complete your manicure with this Extra Special Citrus Rose Sugar Scrub!

Want to learn more science behind essential oils? Come get my book, Essentials: 75 Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About Essential Oils and Supplements.