Oregano is an herb from the mint family. It the typical Filipino household, it is called dahon ng oregano.
While it is extremely common in the country, most people do not know that this herb is jam-packed with a lot of health benefits.
- It is known to prevent insulin resistance, thus helping with diabetes.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties that help with diseases like asthma and arthritis.
- Oregano’s most appealing benefit is that it is good herbal for weight loss. Like cayenne, this herb has properties that boost the metabolism, allowing the body to burn more calories than usual.
How to prepare. Again, the easiest way to include oregano is to serve it with your home-cooked meals. However, you can also prepare a tea out of its leaves.
To prepare the tea, just boil around 8 ounces of water. In a teapot, add 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano leaves. Let it steep for 5 minutes before removing the leaves. If the flavor is too strong, you can add other ingredients like honey.
Ginger or luya is very common and easily accessible in our country. Interestingly, it is also a good herbal remedy for weight loss. The reason for this is because ginger can kickstart a person’s metabolism. The recommendation is to drink ginger tea or water in the morning on an empty stomach.
How to prepare. For ginger water or tea, simply grate the ginger until you have about a teaspoon. Add it to a cup of water and then boil for 10 minutes. Use a sieve to remove the grated ginger and then enjoy.
Sometimes, you also do not need to grate the ginger; just slice them thinly, add them to the water, boil, and then your ginger tea is ready. This remedy is also a go-to if you are suffering from cough and cold or sore throat.
While found in many sweets and desserts, cinnamon can actually be used for losing weight. Cinnamon helps by
- Curbing cravings
- Managing blood sugar
- Making a person feel full for longer
How to prepare. Like cayenne pepper, you can add a few dashes to your smoothies, teas, and drinks, or you can sprinkle onto your oatmeal, yogurt, and even some savory dishes.