Senna tea is an FDA-approved nonprescription laxative. Its top health benefits include aiding weight loss, treating constipation, reducing inflammation, and detoxifying the body, among others. However, this powerful tea does come with possible side effects, and should only be consumed in a moderate amount to avoid weakened bowels, low electrolyte levels, liver damage, heart conditions and dependency on the herb for your gut to function properly.

Senna tea is derived from the leaves of Cassia plants, which comprise more than 250 different species. Senna has been traditionally used as a laxative as well as to clear the bowels before tests such as colonoscopy. The senna plants are small shrubs that bear yellow or green leaflets; these can be cultivated and dried to make senna tea. The two most popular senna leaf varieties are Cassia angustifolia and Cassia accutifolia, which are exported around the world due to their unique health effects. Senna tea has a sweet flavor but has a slightly bitter taste in the end.


Preparation / Dosage

Put a teaspoon of senna leaf into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it brew for 10 -20 minutes. Treat and drink one cup of tea at night before bedtime.

Weight Loss

Senna tea can help to flush out excess toxins and residual waste matter out of the body, which promotes weight loss. However, much of the weight that is “lost” is water weight. So, consuming the tea should also be paired with dietary restrictions and exercise to have a full effect.

Laxative

The rich source of sennosides found in this tea stimulate peristaltic motion and rapid detoxification through its laxative effect. This helps cure constipation. Senna is approved by FDA as a non-prescription laxative.

Treats Hemorrhoids

Senna helps in reducing swelling and quick healing of anal fissures and other haemorrhoids due to its laxative effects.

Treats Indigestion

If you are struggling with constipation, bloating, cramping or indigestion, senna tea can often help by promoting the normal flow of food and waste matter through your bowels.

Diuretic

This specialty tea is also well-known as a diuretic, meaning it stimulates urination. This can release excess salts, fats, toxins and water from the body. Senna can often result in dehydration, so make sure you are staying well hydrated.

Skin Care

Senna tea, due to the presence of tannin, resin, and essential oils, is used to treat wounds, burns, and ringworms. Its anti-bacterial properties are also useful in fighting acne, and other skin aliments.

Hair Care & Color

Applying senna to your hair will ensure stronger, thicker, and voluminous hair. It also acts as a natural hair highlighter which gives ash blonde to golden color.

Anti-Parasitic

Certain compounds found in senna tea, such as sennosides, possess anti-parasitic effect. By eradicating intestinal worms and other gut parasites, this tea can help ensure that you get as many nutrients as possible from your meals.

Treats Colon Cancer

The antioxidants present in senna leaves help to reduce the occurrence of chronic disease in the body by neutralizing free radicals before they can cause oxidative stress, chronic disease, and even cancer, especially colon cancer.

Anti-inflammatory

Traditionally, senna tea has been used for a wide variety of inflammatory conditions, including headaches, fevers and inflammation of joints and tissues.

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