What Is Laxative Tea?

Senna tea is a common laxative tea.
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Laxative tea is a natural herbal tea used to promote the elimination of waste by gently moving the bowels, helping relieve constipation and bloating. Senna tea is the most common laxative tea recommended by health practitioners, many times for its natural origins and its gentle effects on the bowels. Some teas that contain senna may also contain other relaxing herbs such as chamomile or lavender, herbs thought to relieve stress that may be contributing to constipation or a sluggish elimination system. Although most laxative teas are made from natural ingredients, side effects such as cramping and dependency may occur in some individuals.

When dealing with issues such as moderate constipation or cramping, some individuals may turn to natural methods to relieve their discomfort and suffering. The most popular choice by many natural health enthusiasts is laxative tea, often made from herbs or other plants that help provide movement for the bowels. Senna tea is the most common tea that contains natural and powerful laxative properties, helping to gently eliminate wastes from the body by increasing the occurrence of a bowel movement. More often than not, this type of tea is sold in health food stores and even some grocery stores, offering a drug-free option for constipation relief.


It isn't uncommon for a laxative tea to contain other plants such as herbs or flowers that might increase the chances of providing proper elimination of wastes from the body. Many of these herbs are used for relaxation purposes, and include chamomile, lavender and rosemary. It is thought that stress may play a role in constipation, cramping and bloating in some people, so using these herbs with senna may help relieve these tensions. Although most laxative teas do contain senna, a powerful gentle laxative, it does not always work for those with severe cases of constipation.

A laxative tea containing senna and other herbs is usually steeped for only three to four minutes, as steeping longer may promote additional cramping and constipation. This can irritate the bowels, especially if consumed in excess, and some doctors do warn against its continual use. Dependency on a laxative tea may occur in some individuals, interfering with digestion and the natural elimination process; however, proper elimination can return after discontinuing its continual. Adding exercise, fiber-rich foods and water to a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle can help ensure proper elimination without excessive intake of laxative teas.


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