The Essen­tials

These five oils have sci­en­tif­i­cally proven perks.

Shape (Malaysia) - - Healthwise -

Thyme: It can dis­in­fect sur­faces and sup­port res­pi­ra­tory health too.

Pep­per­mint: In­gest­ing the oil may help re­lax the air­ways, boost­ing alert­ness and strength. (Be sure to con­sult an ex­pert first.) Laven­der: It’s widely known as a sleep aid. But sniff­ing it can also re­duce the sever­ity of a mi­graine, re­search shows. Berg­amot: Just a whiff can re­duce lev­els of the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol within 15 min­utes, re­ports Com­ple­men­tary Medicine Re­search.

Chamomile: When ap­plied top­i­cally, this is a pow­er­ful anti-in­flam­ma­tory. It also can im­prove sleep.

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