Herbal Remedies for Appetite Loss

The plant world provides a wide variety of herbal remedies for issues ranging from a temporary appetite loss due to mild depression to the more serious condition such as anorexia.




Angelica seeds are commonly used in beverages and cakes while the angelica stems are used for sweetening desserts.  As a herbal remedy, angelica is effective in alleviating flatulence and improving kidney functions.  It is also effective in treating all kinds of stomach problems such as ulcers and vomiting accompanied by cramps.

  1. To prepare an infusion, place 1/2 teaspoon of angelica ground seeds into 1/2 cup of boiled water.

  2. To prepare a herbal tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried angelica roots into 1 cup of boiling water and set aside to steep for about 15 - 20 minutes.  Drink this tea throughout the day and before going to bed.


  • This herb is not suitable for women who are breastfeeding, pregnant or having frequent and excessive menstruation. 

  • Never consume angelica roots when they are fresh as they are poisonous and has a bitter taste. However the poison will dissipate when they are dried. 

  • Angelica herbs should never be consumed in large doses as they can cause some adverse effects on respiration, blood pressure and heart action.

  • Diabetics should also take angelica with caution as it can increase the blood sugar levels.



Centaury has traditionally been used as folk herbal remedies and has extremely bitter taste.  It is very effective for cases such as appetite loss accompanied by intestinal fermentation and painful digestion.  It is also useful in combating anemia, asthenia and general fatigue, stimulating the salivary glands, intestines and stomach, and alleviating flatulence and constipation.  Depurative herbal tea is great for depression and anemia cases.  Besides stimulating appetite, centaury also has beneficial effects on kidney function.

  1. Prepare a centaury infusion by adding 1 teaspoon of dried centaury herbs into 1 cup of boiling water.

  2. Boil for about 5 - 10 minutes.

  3. Consume about 1/2 cup before each meal.

An aperitif herbal tea is highly recommended for cases of anorexia and anemia.

  1. Mix equal amounts of centaury, ironweed, gentian and vervain and add about 1 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture into 1 cup of boiling water.

  2. Let it steep for about 5 minutes before drinking.



Elecampane helps digestion, regulates liver function and stimulates appetite.  It is also effective for problems such as anemia, general fatigue and sluggish digestion.

  1. Prepare an elecampane decoction by adding 30 - 40 grams of crushed elecampane roots to 1 liter of cold water then bring to boil for about 1 minute. Set aside to stand for about 10 - 20 minutes.

  2. Alternatively you can drink an infusion by adding 20 - 30 grams of roots to 1 liter of boiling water.



Gentian is a medicinal herb that is famous for its beneficial effect on the stomach.  The gentian herb helps in stimulating appetite and digestive functions, activating the salivary glands and promoting increased production of white blood cells which is crucial in the treatment of asthenia and anemia.

  1. To prepare a gentian decoction, place 1 teaspoon of gentian roots into a cup of water and soak for 4 hours.

  2. Consume 1 teaspoon every 2 hours or before meals.  Take it 1/2 hour before meals to provide the herb sufficient time to take effect.

Caution: Never consume gentian for prolonged periods as it may cause mild side effects such as nausea or headaches.




Ginseng can help in stimulating appetite and restoring vigor and strength to organisms suffering from fatigue.

  1. Prepare an infusion by adding 2 grams of dried ginseng roots to 1 cup of boiling water.

  2. Let is steep for about 5 - 10 minutes.

Caution: For active young people, ginseng should not be be taken more than 3 weeks at a time.  If the preference is buying a commercial ginseng liquid, do not consume more than 1 vial per day for a period of up to 10 days.  Repeat the recommended dosage every 2 months or so.




Hops are beneficial for appetite loss, flatulence and intestinal spasms.  They also have a soothing effect on the nervous system and are highly recommended for problem such as diarrhea and nervous tension.

  1. Prepare a hops infusion by adding 2 - 3 grams of cones to 1/4 liter of water.

Caution: Avoid prolonged use and excessive dosages.




Horehound are great at stimulating appetite as well as combating bronchitis and the flu.  Since infusions are too mild, it is better to consume 1 or 2 grams in tablet forms together with meals.




Sage is beneficial for appetite loss, diarrhea, fever, fatigue, nervous tension and other intestinal problems.

  1. To prepare a sage infusion, add 1 teaspoon of powdered sage into 1/4 liter of boiling water.

  2. Set aside to stand for about 5 minutes.

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