Welcome to our page about senna tea! Senna leaf and senna leaf tea is a common and popular laxative tea. It is very effective, (some people think too effective!).
Senna leaves and senna pods are commonly used in many commercial laxative teas. You can find it as the main ingredient in the very popular Smooth Moves laxative tea.
This article contains lots of information about senna, including answering some of the more common questions we get like: "What is senna?" and "Is senna safe to use?" I hope you enjoy the article.
Senna Leaf & Senna Pods
What is Senna?
The main parts of the senna plant that are used for herbal remedies and as a laxative are senna leaves and the senna pods.
The senna plant is native to tropical and sub tropical regions. The family of over 250 senna plants includes herbs, shrubs and small trees. They can be very beautiful with yellow flowers and are often used as a landscape shrub.
For herbal remedies the senna plant and its pods have been used for well over a millenium and date back to ancient egyptian times. The senna leaf and senna pods contain the active ingredients and are harvested and dried. Seanna leaves are one of the main ingredients in moste diet teas as well.
Senna Tea - Natural Laxative
Senna laxative tea is sold commercially under several names, but you can just as easily brew your own at home. We have an excellent source for organic senna, you can buy it online from Mountain Rose Herbs. We recommend Mountain Rose for all your organic herbal needs. Follow the banner below to visit their site and order. You can get up to a 40% discount if you order in bulk.
Senna Tea Recipe
Here is what you do to make your own senna herba tea. Remember senna is a very strong laxative. Once you have brewed the tea, stay near a bathroom for at least 2 hours. (Trust me on this!)
1/4 teaspoon senna leaves, organic
8 ounces of boiled water
Steep the senna leaves in the boiled water for 10 minutes, strain and drink warm.
Senna Side Effects
There are side effects of senna that you should be aware of. Senna targets the lower bowels and is very effective. It can cause mild to severe stomach cramps. Do not use senna or senna herbal teas for longer than 7 days. Senna can cause liver damage with prolonged use. Pregnant women should not take senna.
Is Senna Safe?
Senna is not safe if you use it for prolonged period of time, or if you are pregnant. However, senna used for a maximum period of 7 days is deemed to be safe by most herbalists.
Senna leaves can surpress appetite and move partially digested food throught the bowels very quickly.
Prior to taking senna, if you are at all concerned about it's effects, please consult your medical practitioner.
Senna can react with some prescription drugs as well.
Buy Senna Products
Senna products can be purchased online from several suppliers. We do recommend the use of organic senna only, available from Mountain Rose herbs whose website banner is on this page.
There are a variety of commercial products containing senna leaves and pods, here are a few:
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