By Emma Stessman

Essential oils don’t just make your space smell like a luxury spa, they can also provide a slew of mind-body benefits. That’s the premise behind aromatherapy, a practice that uses plant-derived oils to reduce stress, boost energy, and even improve immunity.

In fact, aromatherapy may help you deal with the challenges of a busy lifestyle in all kinds of ways, whether you need a pick-me-up or a quick dose of calm, explains Sara Panton, the co-founder of Vitruvi, a leading aromatherapy brand known for high-quality organic oils and pretty stone diffusers.

“How we think about producing our products is simply to make it really easy for [the average woman] to find quick moments to herself throughout the day—to fill her cup back up and go and take on the world,” Panton says.

While that could mean setting a diffuser up in your bedroom to help you drift off to sleep at night, it could also be as simple as opening up your favorite essential oil and taking a deep breath before a big meeting. “I love when people change the methodology with which they apply the oils throughout the day,” Panton says. “For example, I steam my face with our geranium oil in the morning, and when I get to work, I use our focus roll-on that’s a mixture of peppermint, rosemary, and lemongrass.”

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Want to find the right oil for whatever issue is confronting you? Below, Panton shares her go-to oils and how they can help you deal with common issues like stress and fatigue. Think of them as the truly essential oils.

(Photos: Opener: Vitruvi, Below: Shutterstock)

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