There’s something about stress that causes great damage to your immune system and general health. A body that is not under stress has a more robust immune system, which would make it less prone to infections and illnesses.

​If you are feeling anxious and depressed or suffering from poor sleep, you might want to try getting into essential oils. Essential oils, which are natural extracts made from flower, herb, and tree parts like bark, roots, peels, and petals — can help with stress reduction and relaxation.

Of course, good health is a holistic effort that requires good nutrition, exercise and even meditation, but research has shown that aromatherapy can activate certain areas of your brain, like your limbic system, which plays a role in your emotions. Essential oil scents could also have an impact on your hypothalamus, generating feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin.

We’ve all heard of chamomile, jasmine and lavender — they are the most commonly known beneficial oils for encouraging relaxation. But do you know what others do? We spoke to Anna Brewster from The Natural & Organic Co, who looks after aromatherapy and natural body products, to give us the lowdown on the best essential oils for our health.

Read on and get yourself a few. We suggest adding drops to your diffuser or on the floor when you’re having a hot shower. Or add some to a carrier oil and use the blend to massage your hands and feet. Then… just relax.