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Dr Salleh bin Omar, se­nior fam­ily physi­cian from Raf­fles Med­i­cal, says: “If there are com­pre­hen­sive stud­ies and tri­als done to prove that a par­tic­u­lar es­sen­tial oil is ef­fec­tive and safe, it can be used as medicine. For ex­am­ple, thy­mol, an es­sen­tial oil found in thyme, is com­monly used as an an­ti­sep­tic gar­gle for sore throats.”

But for Ana Ow, founder of health and well­ness por­tal One Drop Nir­vana, es­sen­tial oils are a life­style choice. The mother of two started us­ing them three years ago when her son Keyaan, then two years old, fell sick fre­quently. After a month of oil­ing, Ana says Keyaan’s health grew more ro­bust and he stopped fall­ing ill.

Now, Ana only uses ther­a­peu­tic­grade es­sen­tial oils from US brand Young Liv­ing as a sub­sti­tute for medicines. “My fam­ily and I are com­pletely drug-free. I use es­sen­tial oils to build up our im­mu­nity; when we suc­cumb to the oc­ca­sional cough, flu, fever or stom­ach ache, we usu­ally re­cover within a day or two.” She points out that oils should be of top qual­ity so they’re safe to use.

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