A Guide to Essential Oils
Try it when: You need a mood boost.
How it works: Research suggests that jasmine oil may act as a natural antidepressant when massaged into the skin. Add 5 drops to a few ounces of a carrier oil, suggests Harding, then rub into shoulders.
Good to know: Jasmine oil may help you focus, too. When study subjects were asked to note their attentiveness before and after applying the oil to their skin, they rated themselves more alert after smelling the scent. Dab onto temples when you’re feeling energy-sapped.
So maybe you can’t change your health overnight. But you can get a head start.