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Beyond the Laxative: Senna Leaf’s Many Less Known Uses

Mike Rothschild


Perhaps there is no other more widely and commonly used ingredient for bowel cleansing than the Senna Leaf.  It is considered by many as their go-to solution for constipation. Secondary to its benefit in bowel movement, Senna became one of the secrets in weight management. Beyond these benefits, there are lesser-known uses of Senna Leaf, including hair and skin care.

Origin of Senna Leaf

Senna is a plant from the legume family, Fabaceae. It bears flowers that are mostly yellow, though some are pink. The plant originated from North Africa and the Middle East. It can also be found in temperate regions of India and China. Globally, it is widely available in the form of tea bags, loose tea, capsules, tablets and even liquid extracts.


Common Uses

If you spend hours in the toilet trying to relieve the waste from your system to no avail, Senna Leaf is the readily available answer and is highly recommended. It works against constipation, due to the presence of anthraquinones, a compound that produces a laxative effect.

Senna Leaf is also a favorite among weight conscious people. It is an essential support to low fiber diet to avoid constipation that the diet can cause. It also helps increase fluid intake, and it cleanses and detoxifies the digestive system. All these could result in increasing metabolism and nutrient absorption which are the important processes in weight management.

Skin Care Benefits

Senna contains oils, resin, and tannin. These are essential oils that are known to ease skin inflammation associated with burns, ringworms, and wounds. Other helpful contents that can be found in Senna are acetone and ethanol. These substances are antibacterial and can be used to prevent and treat acne and other skin infections.


Hair Care Benefits

Have you been trying numerous products without getting the smooth, shiny and strong hair that you want? Senna might just be your next hair care ingredient. When you mix Senna powder with water and yogurt, you get a natural hair care paste that is easy to prepare, is skin-friendly, and might just yield the result you’ve been aiming for.

Aside from the benefits of Senna in keeping healthy and shiny hair, it can also be used as a natural highlighter. It creates a subtle shade of ash blonde and lighter shades to the hair.

The effects Senna has on the hair includes conditioning, strengthening and thickening. However, it also helps maintain a healthy scalp by preventing the occurrence of dandruff. A healthy scalp means less hair loss.

With all these great benefits, Senna is a wonder herb which can be an important part of your overall health care habit. It is rare to find an herb which can be used to ease digestion problems, maintain healthy bowel movement, cleanse the body from excess fat, and can also be used in addressing skin and hair problems like acne, eczema, and skin inflammation.