5 Herbs That Help Stimulate Appetite

Loss of appetite is associated with physical as well as emotional disorders. It is a common problem in people suffering from an infection, disease of the liver or kidney or underactive thyroid gland. Certain medications are also known to suppress appetite and reduce the desire to eat. Decrease in appetite may also occur when you are depressed, anxious or suffering from an eating disorder. Loss of appetite causes unintended weight loss, malnutrition and poor health. Luckily, there are a number of herbs that are known to help in stimulating appetite. If you are underweight, oral intake of these appetite stimulating herbs helps in increasing your appetite so that you can increase your calorie intake, which is essential for healthy weight gain.

The Following Herbs Are Best Known For Stimulating Appetite:

1. Dandelion

Dandelion is approved by the German Commission E as a remedy for appetite loss.[1] It is known to help in stimulating bile flow and restoring normal liver function that helps in restoring normal appetite. To stimulate appetite, prepare herbal decoction by simmering dandelion leaves or roots in water for several minutes. Drink a cup of the decoction thrice a day.


2. Gentian

Gentian is another bitter herb known for its appetite boosting effect.[2] It is used in the traditional medicines for stimulating appetite and improving digestion. It is known to help in improving secretion of saliva, gastric juices and bile. Drinking a cup of gentian tea can help in stimulating the taste buds.


3. Peppermint

People suffering from loss of appetite often find drinking mild peppermint tea helpful in stimulating hunger.[3] Peppermint helps in calming the stomach and restoring healthy digestion. For better result, drink tea made by combining peppermint with ginger.


4. Lemon Balm

To regain appetite, drink lemon balm tea. Lemon balm is known to help in relieving nausea and vomiting that are common causes of poor appetite.[4] It can also help in reducing depression and anxiety that reduce your desire to eat.


5. Chamomile

To stimulate appetite, drink chamomile tea.[5] Chamomile helps in improving appetite when decrease in appetite is associated with stress. It is also known to help in reducing fever and restoring the normal desire to eat, which is usually lost when the body temperature is above normal.