When you’re starting out using essential oils, whether for skincare or general wellbeing, there are so many different oils to choose from it’s often difficult to know where start! If you only want to start with one or perhaps a few, how do you know which ones to choose?


To help you get started I’ve chosen my top three essential oils for skincare and wellbeing. They are affordable, easy to find, have multiple uses and they smell divine! Start with one or all three. If you can, go into a shop and smell before you buy – if you like the aroma then they will be good oils for you to work with!

Gail’s top three essential oils

Bergamot – A fresh, citrus oil, uplifting, refreshing, antidepressant. Bright, happy and energizing. Good for tension, stress and irritability. Excellent oil for the skin as it promotes healthy skin growth. It’s also antiseptic so useful for oily or acne-prone skin. Really useful for eczema and conditions affected by stress. (Use Berganot FCF which is not phototoxic.)


Geranium – Harmonising, comforting, balancing. Calming, uplifting and strengthening. Wonderful rose-like aroma which most people LOVE! Useful for treating restlessness and anxiety. One of the most important oils for treating menopausal symptoms. A wonderful skincare oil as it has a regulating effect on the secretion of sebum, making it suitable for dry or oily skins, and is a useful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory in the treatment of acne. Its soothing properties make it appropriate for dry or inflamed skins. (Do not use in pregnancy, when breastfeeding, with HRT, or if you are diabetic.)


Lavender – Balancing, relaxing, regulating, restorative. Useful for treating irritability, depression and insomnia. It is wonderful for mature skin as it stimulates cellular renewal. A very healing oil, soothing and anti-inflammatory, can be used for dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and acne. Helpful with relieving burns. Helps the skin heal faster and with less scarring. (Avoid in early pregnancy.)

How to use:

In the bath – Add 6-8 drops to the bath diluted in a carrier solution (a little vegetable oil, milk or salt).

Use in your oil burner

Use in skincare – Make a simple facial oil by blending 20ml of a base oil with 4-8 drops of essential oil (jojoba is excellent but you could use sweet almond oil or cold pressed organic sunflower oil if this is all you have). Or mix a few drops into your moisturizing cream.

Remember to patch test first and check safety information – then enjoy!

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