Just as lemon water can help with weight loss, lemon essential oil is among the best for weight loss. “Lemon essential oil supports detoxification, helping to cleanse toxins that build up inside the body,” explains Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, DC, founder of DrAxe.com, author of Eat Dirt and co-founder of Ancient Nutrition. “Detoxing will rejuvenate your body, increase your energy levels and improve fat digestion.” Plus, “it supports lymphatic drainage, ridding the body of wastes that can be leading to inflammation and other health issues that hinder your ability to lose weight.” To reap these benefits, diffuse five drops of lemon oil into the water of your humidifier. (Here’s how to choose the best humidifier for your space.)
When we are stressed out, we reach for our favorite fattening comfort foods—think chips, cookies, candy, and cake—and are less likely to hit the gym or get enough sleep. “If these are issues for you, using lavender oil can be a big help,” Axe says. Lavender promotes relaxation, eases tension, and supports restful sleep. It may also slash unhealthy cravings. “When we sniff delectable aromas we immediately salivate and want to satisfy those cravings—so inhaling essential oils such as lavender will relax you and will calm down those cravings,” adds fragrance expert Sue Phillips, president of Scenterprises LTD in New York City. Other ways to reap the benefits of lavender essential oil for weight loss include applying two to three drops to your temples, wrists, and the back of your neck before bedtime. There are other calming essential oils that help us get our zen on.