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The Top 5 Essential Oils in the UK

Top 5 Essential Oils in the UK

Everyone wants to know the Top 5 Essential oils in the UK. Essential oils are used for so many purposes, including Aromatherapy, Room Fresheners, Massage, Food and Drink flavourings and cleaning products to name a few. However, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is “what are the most popular essential oils?” Obviously they are different to different people, however, as we have been selling essential oils to thousands of people in the UK over the last 18 years, we have the ultimate answer!

The Top 5 list of Essential oils in reverse order

5. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil
5th most popular essential oil

Mentha Piperita – This is a very popular essential oil and it’s even better if you can get an English one as it smells so much fresher.

Peppermint essential oil can be used to help with sinuses and congestion. Just add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a bowl of hot water, lay a towel over your head and lean over the bowl, close your eyes and inhale.

Ants and insects hate peppermint essential oil, add a few drops to a piece of cotton wool and place where ants may get in. It will help deter them.

4. Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot essential oil
4th most popular essential oil

Citrus Aurantium Bergamia – Another popular oil with a slightly bitter citrus/spicy aroma.

Bergamot is well known for being an ingredient in Early Grey tea. It is used in many skincare preparations due to its antiseptic properties and it can be calming for the nerves too. Bergamot essential oil can help to uplift your mood and is good for the immune system. A few drops can be put in an essential oil diffuser to help keep germs at bay.

3. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil - Top 5  essential oil in the UK
3rd most popular essential oil

Boswellia Carteri – Often jumping between 2nd and 3rd place. This essential oil is made by steam distilling the gum of the frankincense tree.

Frankincense essential oil is a great grounding oil and has been used in monasteries for meditation for thousands of years. The wonderful calming effects can help both the body and mind. It is also used in many skincare treatments due to it’s regenerative and antiseptic properties. Many people say it is particularly good for mature and dry skin.

2. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil
2nd most popular essential oil

Citrus Limonum – A great all-rounder with a wonderfully fresh aroma.

Lemon essential oil has an impressive list of properties and is used for many purposes. Used in many beauty preparations due to its antiseptic and toning properties. Many people use it as a natural household cleaner as it’s anti-bacterial too.

Please note: This oil is photo-toxic, so you must not use on the skin before going in the sun or on sun beds.

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil - Top 5 essential oil in the UK
Most popular essential oil

Lavendula Angustifolia – The number one essential oil for many reasons – this should be in everyone’s bathroom cabinet. I prefer the English version which has a slightly sweeter aroma.

Lavender essential oil has a sweet floral, herbaceous aroma. For centuries is has been the go to essential oil for many beginners and experienced aromatherapists alike. One of it’s most common uses is to help with a good nights sleep, just by adding a drop or two under your pillow. Lavender is also used in many children’s and babies products as it is said to have amazing soothing and calming properties. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is often used to help burns and sore, irritated skin.


Please note this is not medical advice. If you are unsure on how to use essential oils or have any medical condition, we would recommend you speak to a qualified aromatherapist or GP first. For further information, please see our blog post on How to Use Essential Oils and our page on the website titled Essential Oil Safety Advice

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