Loss of appetite is actually absent hunger or loss of interest to eat. How to treat loss of appetite is a complex process that is controlled by communication between the various systems in the body. It includes brain, sensory nerves, digestive system, endocrine system(1). Loss of appetite is associated with problems like depression, stress, and anxiety. Here is the herbal home remedy to treat loss of appetite.

Take one small piece of fresh ginger, 5 to 6 tulsi leaves and one black peppercorn. Add the all the ingredients to mortar and crush well. Squeeze the extract, and this extract to 100ml water. Add a pinch of salt. Mix well and drink half an hour before meal time.

How does this herbal remedy treat loss of appetite?

Ginger stimulates appetite through its medicinal properties and its refreshing taste. It contains a volatile oil(2) which helps to improve digestion. It can also remove the intestinal gas that forms during the process of digestion. Same like ginger, tulsi leaves also contain volatile oil that treats variety of tummy problems including indigestion, bloating(3) and water retention. It can even stimulate appetite and cures acid reflux problem.

Ginger in other languages

Ginger is scientifically called as Zingiber Officinale Roscoe, Inji in Tamil, Allam in Telugu, Shunti in Kannada, Adrak in Hindi, Ada in Bengali, Soonthi in Tulu, Aale in Marathi. 

How to treat loss of appetite with herbal remedy – DIY

  • 1 inch piece Ginger
  • 5 to 6 Fresh Tulsi leaves
  • 1 Black pepper
  • 1 /4 teaspoon Salt
  • 100 ml Water
  1. To make the drink use a piece of ginger, tulsi leaves, black pepper, salt, water.
  2. Take a small piece of ginger, peel and to mortar.
  3. Add 5 to 6 tulsi leaves to mortar.
  4. Add one black pepper corn.
  5. Crush and squeeze the extract.
  6. Add the extract to 100 ml water.
  7. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to it.
  8. Mix the drink well.
  9. Drink is done.

Consume this drink before 30 minutes of meal time.

Various health benefits of ginger

Ginger treats chronic indigestion

Dyspepsia(4) or chronic indigestion is characterized by frequent pain and discomfort in the upper part of the stomach. Ginger extract has the ability to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with this condition. Ginger can also regulate bowel movements(5).

Reduce menstrual pain

Dysmenorrhea or menstrual pain felt during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Ginger is highly effective in lowering pain severity than placebo(6). In Ayurveda ginger finds its use to provide relief from various types of pain including menstrual cramps.

Treats sore throat

Ginger has gingerol and shaogals that help relieve sore throat. Make ginger tea and drink twice a day to keep the body warm. Ginger tea treats many illnesses like cold, flu, cough, common cold, headache, fever.

Cures nausea and vomiting

Ginger extract controls overactivation of the vagal nerve that triggers vomiting and nausea(7) by preventing serotonin function in the digestive tract. Chewing a piece of ginger during travel seems to reduce the feeling of nausea.

Health benefits of tulsi leaves

It is scientifically called as Ocimum sanctum, Tulasi in Tamil, Trittavu in Malayalam, Tulshi in Marathi, Thulsi in Telugu and Holy basil in English.

Tulsi leaves are good sources of vitamin A, C, E, K and vitamin B6, riboflavin, niacin, protein, dietary fibre, folate, iron, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium, and zinc.

Cures fever

As a traditional herbal medicine, tulsi leaves are used to treat fever and associated common cold. Chewing few tulsi leaves can give good relief from cold and flu. Tulsi leaves are an excellent antibiotic, fungicidal, germicidal and disinfectant, so it protects the body from bacterial, fungal and viral infections.

Prevents heart diseases

Tulsi extract contains vitamin C and antioxidants which protects the heart from various heart diseases like heart attack and stroke. Also, tulsi has eugenol(8) a powerful antioxidant which is very beneficial in reducing the cholesterol levels in the blood.

Tulsi for skin

Holy Basil cures all types of skin diseases without any side effects. Tulsi leaves are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal(9), antibiotic and anti-disinfectant in nature. Oral application on the skin removes extra oil from the surface of the skin.

Cures headache

Tulsi leaves have an excellent analgesic, anti-congestive, sedative, and disinfectant properties(10). All these properties help cure headache caused by sinus, migraine, cough, cold, and high blood pressure. You can consume the leaves as a juice, a powder or as a herbal tea mixed with different herbs and honey to enhance its taste.

Slows down aging

Tulsi is super rich in antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Antioxidants protects the skin against the effect of oxidative stress and help rejuvenate the skin. In Ayurveda, tulsi extract has been used as a traditional tonic to maintain the youthful vigor and to slow down aging.

Prevents kidney stone

Tulsi leaves are good detoxifier and mild diuretic in nature, that mainly helps reduce uric acid levels(11) in the body. The increased level of uric acid forms kidney stone. Tulsi helps clean out the kidneys by increasing the frequency of urination.

Health benefits of black pepper

·        Black pepper stimulates circulation and the mucus flow. Mix black pepper powder with honey and consume to get quick relief.

·        The antioxidant properties of black pepper fight the disease causing free radicals and boost the immunity level.

·        Black pepper contains anti-inflammatory properties which helps treat gum inflammations(12).

. Take equal amount of black pepper and salt mix in water and rub the mixture on the gums and teeth.

·        It is considered as a best herbal remedy to treat dandruff. Add crushed black pepper in a cup of curd and apply it on the scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash off with water.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.