SENNA: “A Powerful Laxative”


Also Known As: Cassia


Senna is a very powerful laxative. It is so powerful that many authorities call it a cathartic. Senna was introduced into Europe before the Crusades and has been used widely ever since.


  • Infusion:

Boil one cup of water and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried leaves. Steep for 10 minutes and drink one cup daily before bed or when you rise in the morning.

For a milder action, steep the pods. Steep 4 pods in a cup of warm water for 6 to 12 hours. Drink up to one cup daily before bed or when you rise in the morning.

  • Tincture:

Before bedtime or when you rise, use ½ to 1 teaspoon no more than a few days

The taste of senna is not pleasant. Add sugar, honey and lemon. Due to the unpleasant taste of senna, it is suggested that you purchase an over the counter product. You can also add peppermint, ginger, fennel, anise, chamomile, coriander, cardomon or licorice.


Although one species of senna grows in the eastern part of the United States, it is usually grown in the Tennevelly region of India, near its southern tip.

Do not use if you have a chronic gastrointestinal condition, such as colitis, hemorrhoids or ulcers. Long term use may cause clubbing, which is an enlargement of the fingertips. The FDA lists senna as an herb of undefined safety.