Senna is one of the most commonly consumed herbs to help promote regularity and for relief of occasional constipation (not intended to be used to treat chronic constipation). Al-Ulum's Senna Tea is made with premium-quality organic senna leaves, and has a mild, bitter flavor.
Place one tea bag in a cup and add 8 oz of boiling water. Cover and steep for 7 minutes. Gently squeeze tea bag and remove. (For a stronger tea, steep for an additional 3-4 minutes.) Adults consume 1 cup daily, preferably at bedtime. Do not consume more than one cup daily, or for longer than one week unless directed by a doctor.
*Add Sweetener if desire.
* Naturally Caffeine Free.
* Do not give to children.
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Used for thousands of years as a natural form of laxative in Arab and Indian herbalism, senna is now found in many types of modern medications as well. Senna is a very potent plant, offering a healthy and natural alternative to expensive and harsher laxative brands, although the tea, like the medication, should typically only be used for a two week period or less.
What is Senna?
Senna belongs to the legume family or a group of plants referred to as sennas, which are harvested from the cassia tree. There are over 400 estimated varieties of senna, although an approximate 50 varieties are used for medicines and foods. Most varieties of senna are found in tropical areas, although some types do thrive in temperate zones. The top part of the plant is used in medicines and foods, typically after being harvested and dried. The form of senna plant typically found in medicine and teas offers small yellow flowers with two inch seed pods, growing roughly two foot high.
What is Senna Tea Good For?
Senna tea is not a tea that should be sipped for simple enjoyment. Instead, it is considered a medicinal plant and typically used for health related purposes. Common uses for senna and senna tea include:
Weight loss (not the safest choice)
Occasional constipation, constipation related to prescription opiate use and constipation in the elderly
Irritable bowel syndrome (use with caution)
Possible Side Effects of Drinking Senna Tea
While senna is considered safe for most people, it is a natural laxative and not meant for long-term use on a daily basis. Common issues related with using senna in medicinal amounts or medicinal tea amounts include:
Senna taken long-term or in high-amounts can cause more serious side effects including;
An imbalance of electrolytes in the body that can lead to issues with proper muscle function, heart problems and liver damage.
Laxative dependence and poor natural functioning of the bowel.
Multiple gastrointestinal issues.
While it is thought that occasional use of senna tea in recommended amounts is safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women, there are some people who should avoid senna completely, including children under the age of two. Those who should not take or use any type of senna are people with gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s disease, intestinal obstruction, ulcerative colitis and anal prolapse. Additionally, those with an electrolyte or potassium deficiency, people with any condition that causes electrolyte disturbances, diarrhea or loose stools, and anyone with a heart condition should also avoid using senna tea, as it can worsen these conditions. Typically, it is best not to pair senna with other laxatives, as senna toxicity can occur.