October 8th, 2009
by Herb Lady · Filed Under: Herb Teas · Herbs for Childen · Herbs to Detox · Pregnancy
Alexandrian Senna – Cassia acutifolia -Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa
American (or Wild) Senna – Cassia marilantica – Eastern USA
This tea has been used for millenia as a safe, gentle laxative, and was beloved by the ancient Egyptians and Native Americans. It is also considered an excellent remedy for intestinal worms.
The tea can be either Senna pods, or dried leaves + ground pods. Senna is also available in tablet and extract form.
A cup of Senna tea in the evening before bed produces a one off bowel motion the following morning for cases of mild constipation. Senna does not usually cause griping pains, so is a good mild laxative for children.
Taken this way, Senna tea is also safe for the constipation experienced by pregnant ladies, but the dosage of one cup in the evening must not be exceeded.
For non pregnant ladies, if Senna tea doesn’t work you may need to try something stronger, like Liquorice Root or Sassafras.
Persistant constipation requires medical investigation to exclude any serious underlying medical condition.
Senna can be part of a bowel cleansing regime and its effect is amplified by the Australian Bush Flower Essence “Bottlebrush”.