Senna have been used for centuries in folk medicine as a laxative and stimulant. It is also commonly used in herbal teas, for purging and in weight loss.
The active components in senna extracts are anthraquinone derivatives and their glucosides, referred to as senna glycosides or sennosides. They appear to act as a local irritant on the colon, which promotes peristalsis and evacuation. Senna may also enhance intestinal fluid accumulation and increase the moisture content of stool by inhibiting electrolyte and water reabsorption from the colon. Senna is minimally absorbed. Senna is also used in many over-the-counter laxatives in combination with other agents.
Senna tea can be slightly sweet but it has strong bitter undertones and not very aromatic. Because of this, it is preferable to mix senna tea with green tea or add honey to improve its flavor.
Experts caution not to exceed 34.4 mg of senna per day.
While senna tea seems to be effective as a short-term constipation treatment, it should not be used long-term due to the potential risks. It’s not recommended to drink senna tea for more than two weeks and it’s best when used on an occasional basis.
Organic senna leaf (Senna alexandrina)
|Serving Size: 2.5g /cup|
|Steeping Temp: 100°C|
|Steeping Time: 10-May mins.|
|Caffeine: Naturally caffeine-free|
|Grade or Quality: Loose|
|Aroma: Mild, herbacous|
|Infusion Aroma: Mild, herbaceous, woodsy|
|Infusion Color: Pale amber|
|Infusion Strength: Strong|