The senna plant is a rare plant that provides several benefits for your well being. Senna is a flowering plant which bears yellow, pink and white flowers.  Almost all its parts possess medicinal qualities which is why it has been used for thousands of years.  Senna is available in health food store as loose tea or tea bags, liquid extracts as well as tablets and capsules.  However, it is recommended to use it for a short period of time because long term usage has been associated with side effects such as abdominal pains, diarrhea and discomfort.  Senna tea is a useful short-term remedy for constipation which is also thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Below are some of the benefits of the senna plant:

Weight Loss:  Senna is beneficial in this regard because it is a low calorie solution which boosts your fluid intake.  Drinking more fluids can help you eat less.  It also helps with the elimination of toxins in the body.  This cleanses and detoxifies the body – giving you a healthy metabolism which results in weight loss.

Skin:  The senna herb is beneficial for the skin because it has essential oils such as resin and tannin which can alleviate skin inflammation.  The anti-bacterial properties of senna tea help treat skin ailments such as acne as well as inflammatory conditions such as eczema.

Hair:  Not only does senna make your hair look great but it also treats dandruff and improves the condition of your scalp.  It can also help combat hair loss because it’s an excellent conditioning herb.

Senna tea is good for the body but can also cause some side effects which include:

  • Severe diarrhoea with long-term use
  • Nausea
  • Mild abdominal pain
  • Faintness
  • Loss of fluids
  • High blood potassium

While senna tea seems to be effective as a short term constipation treatment, it should not be used long-term because it is associated with risks like liver damage.

You should first consult with your doctor before using senna tea if you have:

  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Colon disorders

As a user and lover of Senna tea, Zinhle Masango, enjoys a cup after having a large cheat meal and has said she owes her abs to the tea.

Where can you buy senna tea?

Freshpak Senna tea is available at your local supermarket for approximately R25,00 for 20 teabags



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