Senna Pods Whole

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Senna pods are the fruits of a shrubby Mediterranean plant known by several common names, including Alexandrian senna, Khartoum senna, and Tinnevelly senna.

The pod, which is actually a legume, is sometimes used in cooking in its native region. Elsewhere, whole senna pods are typically used to produce, teas, infusions and tonics.

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approximate cups to one pound22
plant part usedpods

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
appearance & aromaSeed pods are oval-shaped, without significant aroma.


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decorativeAdd to potpourri blends and use for art and craft projects.
culinaryUse to make tea.
industrialSenna is used in the pharmaceutical industry as an anthraquinone laxative.
safetyNot for long-term use or for children. Do not use during pregnancy or if you have Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcers or bowel obstruction. Consult your doctor before using this herb if you take heart or blood pressure medications, corticoadrenal steroids or diuretics.

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flavor profile

senna pods

Not as unpleasant as the leaf, but flavor improves when combined with ginger, peppermint or lemon.

formulas & recipes

senna pods

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what else you should know

senna pods

Senna alexandrina is one of several hundred flowering plants in the Senna genus that produce legume fruits, in this case a pod with seeds. Also known as Egyptian Senna, senna is an important export crop in Egypt and the Sudan. The plant is also cultivated for trade in India.

For centuries, senna has been employed as a laxative, usually taken as tea prepared from the pods or leaves. Tea made from the pods tends to be gentler in its action that tea made from senna leaves.

The laxative effect of senna is due to anthraquinone glycosides, which increase water and electrolytes in the intestine and stimulate muscle contractions to enhance digestion and accelerate the rate of elimination. In the US, senna is FDA-approved for both over-the-counter and prescription laxative formulas.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.