Senna is the name for a genus of plants in bean family that contains more than 300 different species. Alexandrian Senna is an attractive species that occurs naturally in the Nubian region of Egypt and is cultivated in India, Somalia and Sudan. The leaves and seed pods of the plant contain a variety of glycosides that are collectively referred to as sennosides. These compounds are known to produce laxative effects. In fact, in the U.S., senna is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a non-prescription laxative. Although both pods and leaves are traditionally used to produce teas, tisanes and tonics to counter constipation, preparations made from the pods are gentler.
Senna Leaf Whole, 1/4 lb
Our senna leaf is obtained from Alexandrian Senna, a species of plant in the Senna genus that is native to Egypt and commercially cultivated in India. It is so-named because it was in common trade at the time that Alexandria was the primary port in which the herb was imported and shipped across the Mediterranean sea.
Whole senna leaf is traditionally used to make teas, infusions and tisanes.