Herbs For Weight Loss



When you are looking for the herbs to help you lose weight, there isn't be a one size fits all solution. There are many different factors that affect our ability to lose weight and keep it off. It could be excess sugar, or stress, insulin resistance, even our genetic makeup can work against us. Once you determine the right strategy for you, herbs can help support healthy weight loss and increased energy I recommend buying herbs in bulk, and making your own diet teas, extracts, and remedies. Not only will you be assured of greater quality and freshness, but you can fine tune your diet formula to suit your own unique metabolism.


Use the alphabetical list or the herb property list to find information on the healing properties and actions of medicinal plants.

  • Herb Properties
  • Herbs Alphabetical by Common Name

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    See List Herbs by Botanical Name

Acai Berry Acai Berry Euterpe oleracea Acai Berry, jussara, Açaí
Palm Tree : Acai berry freeze dried powders, juices, and supplements are used for their energizing antioxidant benefits as part of a weight loss diet.
Cacao Cacao Theobroma cacao L. Chocolate, cocoa
herb : Recent studies show that adults who eat chocolate on a regular basis are actually thinner that those who don't and that modest, regular chocolate consumption might be calorie-neutral.
Cayenne Pepper Cayenne Pepper Capsicum minimum Capsicum ,African Pepper, Chillies, Bird Pepper
Tender perennial shrub : Cayenne helps boost your metabolism and induces the body to burn off more fat. Hot spicy foods also decrease appetite, add flavor and increase satiety, so you are inclined to eat less, and use less salt and fat in cooking without sacrificing flavor. Adding cayenne to your diet plan is a no-brainer.
Chickweed Chickweed Stellaria media Starweed
Annual/Perennial Herb : Chickweed tea is an old remedy for obesity according to Culpepper, and wise women and herbalists still drink teas of fresh chickweed as one of the classic spring tonics to cleanse the blood.
Coconut oil Coconut oil Cocos nucifera
tree : The cholesterol-lowering properties of coconut oil are linked directly to this ability to stimulate thyroid function. Coconut oil raises your metabolic rate, helping to release energy and promote weight loss.
Coffee Coffee Coffea arabica java, joe
: Coffee consumption has always been a mainstay for dieters and has been associated with long term weight loss, likely from the thermogenic effects of caffeine raising the metabolic rate.
Coleus Forskohlii Coleus Forskohlii Plectranthus barbatus Forskolin, Indian Coleus, False Boldo
tropical perennial plant : Coleus forskohlii has been traditionally used to treat high blood pressure. Other benefits include help in losing weight by improving the breakdown of fats, improving digestion and nutrient absorption, lowering cholesterol.
Eleuthero ginseng Eleuthero ginseng Eleutherococcus senticosus Siberian ginseng, Ci-wu-jia, Wu Jia Shen Jing
Perennialherb : Diets can take a big toll on energy levels and raise stress levels. This elevates hormones like cortisol that make weight loss more difficult. Eleuthero helps you feel more energetic and less stressed, you're more likely to stick to your new exercise and diet routine.
Fennel Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Sweet Fennel, Fenkel
Perennial Herb : Fennel's ancient reputation as a weight loss aid still holds up today. Drinking a cup of fennel seed tea 15 minutes before eating a heavy meal seems to take the edge off your appetite.
Garcinia Fruit Garcinia Fruit Garcinia cambogia Brindleberry, Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), Gambooge
Tropical tree : Both Garcinia cambogia and the extracted acid HCA are widely used in weight control formulas. HCA inhibits the formation of fatty acids and therefore less fat is available to the cells to be stored by the body.
Grapefruit Grapefruit Citrus paradisi
Evergreen subtropical tree : Grapefruit increases circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system, and may help to regulate body weight with regular use. It is also a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C
Guarana Guarana Paullinia Cupana
Tropical Vine : Guarana is used traditionally to enhance energy levels. You will see this herb in many weight loss formulas listed as a thermogenic stimulator. Guarana seeds contain guaranine, which acts in a similar fashion to caffeine..
Gurmar Gurmar Gymnema sylvestre
Climbing Woody Perennial : Gurmar acts to normalize blood sugar levels only lowering glucose in those who are hyperglycemic. This herb also has a positive effect on triglycerides and cholesterol levels as well. It has been shown to reduce the sugar cravings that can hijack your sensible eating plans..
Hibiscus Hibiscus Hibiscus sabdariffa Roselle, rosemallow, Jamaica Sorrel, red sorrel, agua de Jamaica
Perennial Tropical : There are two good reasons to add hibiscus herbal tea to your daily routine beyond the great taste, regular consumption of hibiscus can lower blood pressure and help you shed a few pounds ...
Hoodia Hoodia Hoodia Gordonii
: Hoodia Gordonii works by mimicking the effect that glucose has on the nerve cells in the brain. The effect on these cells in essence, transmits the feeling of fullness to the brain, diminishing appetite. The problem with this much hyped African plant...
Kelp/Bladderwrack Kelp/Bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosis Fucus, Seaweed, dried
Seaweed : Kelp is commonly used in herbal medicine to stimulate the thyroid function, and can be effective in weight loss as part of a low calorie diet...
Oolong Tea Oolong Tea Camellia sinensis Wu Long, Wu Yi Tea
Shrub : It is true that Oolong/Wu Long tea not only boosts metabolism and suppresses sugar cravings, but it may also burn fat..
Bitter Orange Bitter Orange Citrus x aurantium subsp. amara
Citrus Tree : Bitter orange started to appear as a common ingredient in many weight-loss supplements in the last few years. Bitter orange peel extracts contain synephrine and octopamine, chemicals that are effective metabolism boosters..
Pomegranate Pomegranate Punica granatum
Fruit : The punicic acid found in pomegranates is an especially powerful form of CLA, which has been shown to be beneficial in the fight against cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease..
Prickly Pear Prickly Pear Opuntia ficus-indica Nopales, Nopal, Indian fig
Cactus : Pectin and water-soluble fiber from prickly pear cacti are effective in treating problems associated with diabetes and obesity, including the regulation of blood sugar and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) metabolism...
Psyllium Psyllium Plantago psyllium, Plantago ovata
Perennial Herb : The seeds of the Plantago ovata contain copious amounts of mucilage that are able to treat diarrhea, constipation and act as a safe and effective weight loss aid..
Spirulina Spirulina Arthrospira platensis Blue Green Algae, Cyanobacteria, BGA
Algea : Spirulina is a rich source of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and plant proteins. Spirulina is often used to the supplement the diet during cleansing fasts, and by those who may not have access to enough fresh vegetables.
Stevia Stevia Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) Sweet leaf
Perennial Herbaceous Shrub : Stevia is a herbal sweetener that is good for you, stevia leaf adds no calories, and has no harmful side effects. The sweet leaves of this plant are a pleasant and guilt free alternative to sugar...
Tea Tea Camellia sinensis Green Tea, Black tea
Shrub : Many studies indicate that green tea has positive effects in metabolic syndrome and weight loss. The importance of caffeine was also highlighted in these studies, green tea catechins taken alone had no significant effects..
White Kidney Bean White Kidney Bean Phaseolus vulgaris
herbaceous annual plant : Many studies have shown that Phaseolus vulgaris reduces the rate at which starchy foods like pasta and bread are converted into sugar....
White Willow Bark White Willow Bark Salix Alba
Deciduous tree : Willow is used mainly in weight loss formulations to enhance the actions of other herbs. This is sometimes referred to as "stacking" in body building..
Yerba Mate Yerba Mate Ilex paraguariensis mate, matte, Paraguay tea
evergreen tree : Mate contains an alkaloid called mateine, which acts much like smooth caffeine. Additionally, it is believed to act to assist dieters in reducing food cravings and by helping you feel fuller, longer..
Yacon Root Yacon Root Smallanthus sonchifolius
: Yacon root and yacon root syrup are used as a sweetener by who need to control their blood sugar. Yacon is a prebiotic, feeding the 'good' bacteria of the gut helping digestion and stimulating the immune system...