9 Medicinal Plants for Weight Loss

Many people want nothing more than to have a nice figure and an ideal weight. They search low and high for ways to achieve it and often end up spending tons of money without good results. The market has a lot of products for weight loss, but many of them don't work and are simply too expensive to even try.
9 Medicinal Plants for Weight Loss
Carlos Fabián Avila

Reviewed and approved by Doctor Carlos Fabián Avila.

Last update: 09 October, 2022

As an alternative to expensive, commercial products, you should know that are also great medicinal plants for weight loss. They’re effective and economical.Always remember: you have to combine them with a proper diet and good exercise. With that in mind, we’ve made a list of 9 of these medicinal plants for weight loss.

Green tea

Green tea, one of the medicinal plants for weight loss

This is definitely one of the most popular medicinal plants for weight loss. Its works because it contains antioxidants that help burn fat in less time. You can have it a few times a day and even drink it as an alternative to other beverages.

It’s important to drink green tea every day and combine it with a balanced diet and at least 30 minutes of daily exercise.

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Aloe vera has detoxifying properties that improve digestion and help burn fat. It’s one of the most used plants because for this because it can give significant results in weeks and is a cost-effective alternative. One of the best ways to have it is blended into a honey-sweetened citrus juice.



Cinnamon is known for its metabolism-boosting properties and its ability to help regulate blood sugar levels. Eating it helps reduce triglycerides and cholesterol, and improves glucose metabolism. Thanks to that, you’ll feel less anxious for food. That alone makes it a great ally for weight loss.


Mustard is a cruciferous plant, like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Research has shown that its seeds can  increase your metabolism by up to 25%. This means that it can help you burn calories faster. We recommend having a 3/5 teaspoon of seeds a day, which will make you burn 45 extra calories an hour.

It’s very important to not to go beyond that much mustard. Doing that have serious consequences for your health.



Cumin has very beneficial properties for digestion and energy production. It’s also helpful in controlling the glycemic index for people with type 2 diabetes. It’s  a good dietary supplement to help deal with anxiety, eliminate toxins from the body, and lose weight.


Artichokes have depurative, diuretic, and laxative properties. It’s another one of the most popular medicinal plants for weight loss. In fact, many commercial weight loss products use it as their main ingredient. We recommend using fresh artichoke leaves in a tea.

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Birch has diuretic properties and is a great way to fight obesity. Its properties help eliminate toxins from the body and prevent fat build-up. We recommend making a tea with 1 or 2 teaspoons of birch in 1 cup of water.



Celery has a lot of beneficial health properties. Two of those have to do with weight loss and cleansing your body. Eating it every day won’t have any health consequences, either. In fact, it can help you lose weight extremely fast.

Cut a raw celery stalk and boil it for 30 minutes. Then, strain the water and drink it at least three times a day.

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper has an ingredient called capsaicin, which is what gives it its hot, spicy flavor. That substance also has weight loss benefits. It brings down calorie intake, which reduces fatty tissue and the levels of fat in the blood.

Its properties activate certain proteins in the body that can help prevent fat build-up.

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