Use your cooking herbs and spices to lose weight naturally

How To Lose Weight Naturally


There are many ways to lose weight naturally and I am pretty sure you are aware of the many diet meal plans and exercising methods or routines. How about natural supplements in pills? These are widely available online and health stores. But, I am not refering to all the above. Look no further than your kitchen – common herbs and spices can help weight loss.

At the end of this article, you will understand how herbs work their wonders and able to make simple remedies for weight loss. Are you ready to find out how to lose weight naturally using herbs and spices? Read on…

Best herbs and spices for weight loss

First and formost, you ought to know that the following herbs and spices, and remedies might not burn all the fat away. However, they certainly help increase metabolism thus burn more fat to lose weight naturally and prevent weight gain.

Always remember to eat healthily and exercise regularly.

Here are 5 best herbs and spices that help.

OreganoCarvacrol, an active component in oregano helps dissolve fat.

Carvacrol, an active component in oregano helps dissolve fat. Additionally, it helps fight depression and stress, two common causes of overeating and weight gain.

Oil of oregano is another substance obtained from the leaves. It is purported to help with digestive health and increase metabolic rate which leads to weight loss.

A simple oregano tea can be made with 3 teaspoons of oregano leaves. Steep them in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink.

RosemaryRosemary helps digestion which is essential for weight loss.

This is a good herb for weight loss when consuming its infusion/tea. Rosemary tea improves gastric and intestinal metabolism. This helps digestion which is essential for weight loss.

Also, as an excellent detoxifier, eliminating harmful substances from the body and accelerate metabolism.

A cup of rosemary tea can be made with 2” sprig of fresh rosemary, steep in hot water for 10 minutes. Add honey to taste and drink.

Drink before meals, as it gives a feeling of fullness and prevents rapid absorption of fats in the body. Also, burns existing fat layer and prevent new layers to form.

ThymeThyme has diuretic properties, which helps to detoxify the body.

This herb has diuretic properties, which helps to detoxify the body. It has the essential oil that stimulates the renal system, helping to eliminate fluids in the body.

Moreover, some of its bio-active compounds improve digestion, stimulating intestinal transit, increasing its cleansing and detoxifying process. Thus, helps shrink the abdomen and have a flat stomach.

Thyme tea can be made with either fresh or dried herb.

Put 2 tablespoons of fresh or 1 tablespoon of dried thyme in 2 cups hot water. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain. Add a few drops of lemon and/or honey to taste and drink.

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TurmericCurcumin, a substance in turmeric helps weight loss.

Curcumin, a substance in turmeric helps weight loss in 3 ways:

  1. Slows down the division of fat cells in our body making it harder to gain weight.
  2. Capable of turning ‘bad’ white fat cells into ‘good’ energy-burning brown fat cells.
  3. Speed up fat metabolism and thus, burn more calories and shed more pounds.

Try adding turmeric to lean meat. It gives the dish an appealing colour and delightful flavour.


Try an earthy turmeric tea that helps to reduce stress too.

CuminCumin is one of the best spice for weight loss

While turmeric is one of the best spice for weight loss, do not disregard cumin. Here is why. There are 3 ways:

  1. Phytosterols, found in cumin helps lower cholesterol and reduce blood sugar. Thus, make weight loss easier and faster.
  2. Cumin is a rich source of dietary fibre, thus reduces cravings.
  3. Speed up metabolism.
    • Cumin is rich in iron, which is essential for the body’s metabolic function.
    • The spiciness of cumin increases body heat, results in fat burning.

Ways to add cumin to your diet:

Morning breakfast
  • Add a pinch of cumin into your scrambled eggs before cooking.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of cumin powder with 5 grams of yoghurt.
    Lunch and/or dinner

Add cumin to:

  • roasted or sautéed veggies
  • marinades, salad dressings or mayonnaise
  • soups or stew
Any time of the day
  • A cup of cumin tea. Boil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds in 1 glass water for 5 minutes. Strain, add honey and drink.

Read more about cumin here.

Consider Growing Your Own Herbs

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have fresh herbs for remedies and cooking all year round? If you do not have a herbs garden, I urge you to consider one. It need not be a garden. A few potted herb plants will suffice. It will be enjoyable and satisfying harversting your own fresh herbs. Go on, find out more here.

All in All

Using these common cooking herbs and spices are the best way to lose weight naturally. Besides helping your body to increase metabolism, cooking with herbs and spices decreases the need to add calorie and sodium-containing ingredients such as fat, sugar and salt. But, you still get to eat delicious meals as it is known to increase the flavour of your dishes.

Cooking herbs and spices are readily available in your kitchen. Why not use them? Aren’t these the most natural? Furthermore, this is one healthy way to utilise your herbs and spices – shedding a few pounds. Waste NOT, the amazing herbs MOTHER NATURE provides.

Now, you know how to lose weight naturally using herbs and spices. And with the simple remedies, would you agree with this method of losing weight? Tell me how you feel about it in the comments section below.

You may want to head to your spice rack or herb garden now. Make yourself a cup of herb tea to burn those fat.

If none, stock up your herbs and spices now.

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Sharon is on a career break, minding her family. During her free hours, she loves sharing her passion for herbs and spices. She learned how to build this website at Wealthy Affiliate University. If you have a passionate topic and would love to share, click here to learn how to build your own profitable website!

34 Replies to “How To Lose Weight Naturally

  1. I think that herbs are great for helping to maintain good health and weight. There’s just no reason not to add these to every meal that you make. I also think that a lot of spices can help speed up your metabolism as well. I drink green tea every morning for its thermogenic properties so that I can burn more calories throughout the day.

    1. I am glad you feel the same Anthony.

      Yes, there are many other spices that can speed up metabolism. You just gave me another task – to review all spices that do this.

      Usually I have my green tea after a heavy meal. But then, anytime is a good time to have a good cuppa.

      Happy Holidays


  2. It is quite surprising what herb and spices can do for the quality of food we eat and for our health. It ‘s nice to get a break down as you have provided for the benefits and usage of the different herbs and spices you have listed and explained so well.

    1. Yes indeed. Waste not, all the amazing herbs and spices we have in store.

      It feels great to share what I’ve learned with all of you, especially this Christmas season.

      Happy Holidays!


  3. I don’t know before,that turmeric can lose weight as you said, hehe. But after read this article then now i know how to lose weight with turmeric. This is interesting one because here is in my country turmeric very easy to find..Thanks ,this article is useful for me, good job :).

    1. I am glad this is able to help you and good to know that you can easily get turmeric. It is indeed a wonderful spice. I do use it a lot in cooking.

      All the best!


  4. This is a good post because when you think of herbs you think of going natural, and when you think natural you think of no side effects and that is a good thing. Many of my article that I have written on my website talks about herbs and there benefits or their healing wonders. These really are nature’s wonders because you can even use them to loose weight, it is so amazing the many ways you can use herbs.

  5. Wow, this is amazing. I didn’t know that you could lose weight with. I’m eager to try these herbs to see if it works. I also wanted to know if there are any chances of these herbs being allergic to certain people. Whether it is safe to consume without testing them first

    1. Hi,

      The 5 types of herbs and spices listed in this article are common cooking ingredients. We should have consumed them in one way or another. However, to be on the safe side, try it out at a smaller portion and if you are not comfortable after consuming it, then discontinue.

      Hope it works for you. Let me know…



  6. Hi Sharon,

    I know the benefits of using herbs and how it flavors your food. I didn’t realize that these spices and herbs can help reduce weight. I’ve used Oregano and cumin in my meals. I think I’m going to consider using the others as well. And use them to drink as a tea. This is useful information.
    I’m bookmarking this site to refer back on.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    1. Hi Rosa,

      Thanks for the visit. Am always happy to share.

      Do try the turmeric, one of my favourite. I used it mostly to season and cook chicken and fish dish. It’s delicious.

      Look forward to your next visit.

      Take care!


  7. This is a great and informative post! I really liked how you explained the properties of each herb in detail. Turmeric is one of my favorite herbs it can help to to fight nasty a cold or flue. I use turmeric a lot when i cook myself some golden milk.

    It’s amazing how we in general underestimate all the various herbs and spices, and their healthy benefits.

    1. Prior to starting this site, all I knew about herbs and spices were as flavour enhancers. Now, I am discovering more and more uses for them. Also, their health benefits. I will share them here as I go along. Do continue to visit.

      Take care!

  8. I have never thought about using herbs for losing weight. I know some herbs and spices do have hidden talents besides flavoring food. Tumeric, for instance, is great for pain. I found a recipe for making a lovely Tumeric drink that to my amazement helped my painful bursitis. I have always used portion control to keep my weight down but will try using herbs and see how I go.

    1. Hi Margaret,

      Thanks for dropping in. I love turmeric with chicken and fish but can’t get myself to drink a turmeric drink. Perhaps I should try again.

      Portion control is good to control weight. Coupled with herbs will be healthier.

      Take care & Good day!


  9. Go green girl, exactly, natural ways to lose weight is more better and nutritious than today’s medicines.
    I really agreed with the effectiveness of the herbs you mention.
    Right now I’m using turmeric with lemon and ginger blend together for a morning tea.
    The cumin and rosemary for evening tea, and also add to salads and all my cookings.
    I never used oregano, but I will give it a try.
    I’ll put a big ” yes ” to this content of yours.

    1. Thanks for dropping by TuYat.

      Turmeric is one of my favourite spice, always available in my pantry. Do try oregano and tell me how you feel about it by coming back here.

      Good Day!

  10. This such an informative and interesting website. Being a user of a lot of different spices, I am always interested in the benefits that these spices bring to the plate!!
    However, since I use a variety of dried and fresh herbs-which give me the most bang for my buck as far effectiveness towards myself and my health?
    I prefer to use fresh herbs, but sometimes they are not always available where I live, and thus end up suing dried.
    Thanks in advance

    1. Thanks for dropping by Brad.

      Agree with you that due to availability, we end up using dried herbs. Oregano, thyme and rosemary are the ones that I usually use in dried form. These are hard herbs and can be kept better than dried soft herbs like parsley, basil and mint which I must insist on using fresh.

      Have a good day!

  11. This is so important to promote natural weight loss. My wife drinks green tea and turmeric every day and tells me how good it is for us. I will join her tomorrow. Do you have some good recipes for using these spices to help lose weight?

    1. Hi Steven,

      I don’t usually follow the recipes. But I often use turmeric to season the fish or chicken for panfry or grill. Also, add a pinch to the Mediterranean rice which my kids love to eat. Another of their favourite is the Chicken Pot Pie. Especially my daughter, she loves the aroma of the rosemary herb.

      Let me know how you find the turmeric green tea, will you?

      Good Day!

  12. I think is a great way to lose weight just put the effort in it go get the herbs and start using the recipes. Sounds simple and is, but besides the weight lose there is so many other health benefits with using herbs. Great article

    1. You are correct, Fred. There are many health benefits of herbs and spices. Not only for weight loss, they help reduce stress and bloated stomach too. Besides, most of the herbs have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Therefore, it is good to incorporate them into our daily diet.

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

  13. Hello Sharon your article is great, I knew about some of these spices ,but did not know about some of these. Our Mother still tells us that cinnamon, garlic and oat meal also help promote a healthy lifestyle. She raised me and 8 other siblings and we turned out ok. Thanks again Sharon.

  14. I will be honest here and say that I never considered herbs as a product to help reduce weight.

    I think (I am sure others do to) that they consider them mostly to get the taste they want.

    I would have never thought that they had benefits such as lowering cholesterol and increasing body metabolism.

    Really great information.



    1. Hi Chris,

      I never thought so too. Only found out while I was searching for ways to use my herbs and spices. Isn’t it great to have these ingredients readily available in our pantry?

      Happy to share this information.


  15. Hi Sharon, I had no idea of this benefit. I’m not a big fan of cumin or tumeric – but I will certainly try to find ways to incorporate them. Do you have any recipes that you recommend? I noticed with the first couple herb suggestions that you shared a tea recipe – are the weight loss benefits also seen when used in cooking dishes? Or is the tea the best method.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Tara,

      Honestly, I am not a fan of cumin too. But I love turmeric. There isn’t any particular recipe that I follow. Usually using turmeric to season the fish or chicken instead of salt. Also, I would add a pinch to cook butter rice.

      The herbs not only work in tea for weight loss. You may also incorporate them into your cooking. I love Indian cuisine and also because it uses many herbs and spices that are beneficial to our health. If you wanna try my personal favourite – Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani. But I have to say, it is a lot of work but loved it. Let me know how you feel.

      Have a great day, Tara.

  16. Hello Sharon, I so do love reading your blogs. And this site of your is just lovely.
    I have know about oil of oregano as its use for boosting autoimmunity health and i have also used oregano as a pick me up tea during the day. But I did not know about it as weight loss. And i love cumin but also thought it was just digestive not realizing also for weight loss.
    So I am off to go drink a cup of tea and going to mix it up.. cumin, rosemary and oregano.. wanna join me?
    Terrific article. So like being here. I learn something new each time.
    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. Thanks for coming back, Ariel.

      I believe you will agree with me that herbs and spices are amazing. They have so much to offer. Just watching the herbs grow is already therapeutic. Of course, I want to join you!

      Have anawesome day!

  17. I love all things that are natural. And I need to lose weight. Haha. So thank you for this very helpful article.

    I know of these herbs and spices but did not know of their power to help lose weight. I like that some of the options are tea. Turmeric is the best for weight loss, you say. Hmmmm. I’d like to try that.

    But I’m a little nervous about the taste. Don’t want to buy a whole box of turmeric tea and not like the taste. Could you tell me what the taste is like? Which brand is the best tasting, and where to buy it?

    Also, I love a Chinese tea called Tie Kwan Yin. May I ask if this helps with weight loss too?

    1. Hi Tim,

      Turmeric has an earthy flavour and tastes a bit like ginger with a hint of curry. Personally, I find it not too pleasant to drink but love the aroma and taste when used in cooking. Usually, I use it as a seasoning or marinade on meat and fish. Even my kids love it.

      I suggest you buy turmeric powder instead of turmeric tea bags. Use the spice to make your own turmeric tea and in cooking too.

      Try this:
      Put ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder in 2 cups water and simmer for 10 minutes.
      Add honey and/or lemon if desired.
      Strain if need to and drink.

      Alternatively, add a pinch or two to your juicing recipe.

      Let me know how you find the taste. If you do not like the taste, use it in cooking. I am pretty sure you will like this better.

      Tie Kwan Yin is one of my favourite Chinese Oolong tea and this is what I normally order when dining at a Chinese Restaurant with my family. EGCG, a plant component found in tea helps increase metabolism. When our body uses the energy stored in the fat cells, we lose weight as the fats reduce.

      Furthermore, oolong tea contains flavonoids, which prevent our body from absorbing starches, which would be turned into fat. So, yes – Tie Kwan Yin helps with weight loss.

      I believe too much of anything is not a good thing. Moderation is the best. So is a healthy diet and exercising regularly.


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