My top 5 favourite essential oils

Which are my top 5 favourite essential oils?

This question always gets me thinking, as it can change from day to day and season to season!

Some essential oils are cooling and great for those hot, summer days when you need to cool off. Others are great for lifting low mood, or for helping you relax enough to drift off to sleep.

Whereas essential oils like bergamot give you a boost when you most need it, to take you from a busy day at work to an evening social event, without keeping you awake all night! 

There are essential oils that are reasonably priced and great value for money and others that cost £50 for half a teaspoonful! (I’m not even joking!) 

In my list I’ve included some of the more reasonably priced essential oils as well as a couple of premium ones. 

favourite essential oils lavender spike-  image of a field of lavender spike with a woman brushing her arm across the lavender. the woman is wearing a white dress

Lavender Spike (lavendula latifolia)

My all time favourite essential oil has to be Lavender Spike.

Now this is a relation to traditional lavender that you’re probably all-too familiar with, but it packs a way more meatier punch.

I always call it the daddy of all essential oils as it has quite a strong, almost masculine feel to it. It feels like it should belong in a really nice aftershave.

Its main properties include being

  • good for relieving pain,
  • good for lifting low mood. 
  • Antiseptic,
  • Antiviral 
  • Decongestant. If you have a migraine or a stuffy nose, Lavender Spike is what you need! 

Top Tip: Read my article about the best essential oils for headaches and migraines

My favourite essential oil sweet orange essential oil, image of cut and whole oranges on a white background with a bottle of orange essential oil in the middle

Sweet orange (citrus sinensis)

Whenever I think of oranges I get instantly transported somewhere warm and sunny, with blue skies and perpetual sunshine. A sunny, warm, positive environment. This is definitely reflected in sweet orange essential oil.

If you’re looking for an uplifting, mood enhancing essential oil that’s also very versatile and inexpensive – sweet orange is what you need.

The main properties of sweet orange essential oil are:

  • uplifting
  • good for calming the digestive system so good for irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ache and constipation/diarrhoea.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Clears complexion* 
  • Good for immunity
  • Lowers BP and helps reduce oedema 

Top Tip: Read my article on the benefits of sweet orange essential oil 

favourite essential oils neroli. image of a neroli clipping on a white background with green leaves and white flowers

Neroli – (Citrus Aurantium)

Neroli essential oil is such a calming oil. If you’re nervous and need a hug or feeling anxious or stressed and need to calm down, this is the oil you need. Neroli is made from the blossom of the orange tree and shares many similar properties to orange,  and has a delicate, floral aroma.

Main Properties of Neroli include

  • Great for easing palpitations
  • Good for mature skin and for reducing stretch marks
  • Great for lifting low mood
  • A good antispasmodic so good for tension and IBS
  • Relaxing
  • Reducing insomnia
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Soothing the nerves

 Top Tip: Read my article Top 3 blends for stress and anxiety


Favourite essential oil. geranium image of geranium petals sprinkled next to a bottle of essential oil

Geranium  (Pelargonium graveolens)

Geranium is wonderful for balancing the emotions and soothing ruffled feathers. It has a delicate floral smell. 

Geraniums main properties include:

  • Helping to balance hormonal imbalances including those associated with menopause and PMT
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps reduce heavy periods
  • Helps lift low mood
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Good astringent
favourite essential oils citrus bergamia bergamot essential oil. Image of bergamot fruits surrounding a bottle of essential oil

Bergamot  (Citrus Bergamia)

Bergamot has that ‘Earl Grey tea’ aroma . A fresh, fruity smell which is enlivening and great for giving you a mid-afternoon boost to get you through your evening. Great for lifting low mood and for giving you strength to carry on! 

Bergamots main properties include being

  • Antiviral
  • Antiseptic
  • Analgesic
  • Laxative
  • Uplifting
  • Relaxing
  • Cooling 
  • Good for anxiety and stress
  • Good for easing colds and coughs
  • Eases inflammation


 Where to buy essential oils

Knowing where to buy good quality oils is really useful. I normally use the following two shops *

 * I will receive a small amount of commission from sales via this link

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Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper

I am a Reflexologist, Reiki Master Practitioner and Writer from Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. I love writing about Health and Wellbeing, Mind Body Spirit and Reflexology. When I’m not at work, you can find me in the kitchen cooking up a storm!

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