This blend of selected and selected herbs has been specially designed for its purgative action. It contains excellent ingredients for those suffering from ailments such as constipation, which we know to create various ailments. Constipation creates a blockage when trying to empty the intestines; it makes you swollen, heavy and can also cause symptoms such as abdominal pain and nausea . These constipation phenomena can be chronic or occasional, but it is important to find a remedy that provides quick relief in a natural way by improving bowel movements. In the laxative herbal tea, you can find a natural resource for the complete purgative effect.
Herbs to purify the body: properties and benefits
Most laxative herbs contain anthraquinone glycosides , substances that act with a stimulating effect on the intestine . They work by improving peristalsis, which is the intestinal contractions that make food waste pass from the colon to the rectum. In addition, these herbs attract fluids into the colon to soften the stool; together with fibers, fluids are essential to counteract constipation. In fact, lack of hydration can make a person constipated, and laxative herbal tea can provide liquids and herbs that can retain them in the colon. Among the various herbs present, senna leaves stand out as ingredients of the purgative herbal tea. This medicinal plant stimulates peristalsis and, together with other herbs, produces a laxative effect after 8-12 hours.
Senna contains the plant glycoside compounds mentioned, which stimulate and speed up bowel movements. It makes the stool softer, and due to its effectiveness it is particularly indicated in acute constipation. Even elderberry among the properties, excels in the emollient and laxative one. Contains anthraquinones, which promote evacuation without causing pain or other disorders in the intestine. It helps in avoiding the absorption of water in the intestine, so it keeps food waste softer, increases intestinal pressure and promotes muscle contractions that push stool along the digestive tract. This bowel cleansing herb also contains dietary fiber, which promotes intestinal regularity and digestive health. Licorice root is known as a tonic for digestive problems, and with its natural anti-inflammatory effect (protects the gastric mucosa) it can aid digestion. Calms the digestive system with spasmolytic action, and encourages bowel movement.
It is considered a mild laxative as it increases prostaglandins - substances that facilitate bowel motility. In addition, it contains substances such as saponins, which give an emulsifying characteristic useful in case of constipation. Among the other ingredients of the mixture of purgative herbs, there is mint. This herb has a calming effect, thanks to menthol, which relaxes the stomach as stool moves through the intestine.
Fallax (Rhamnus Alpina) is also a herbal remedy known for its purgative and intestinal refreshing qualities, through the use of the bark in infusions. Its outcome as a laxative is due to the influence on the movements of the colon, stimulating the contractions towards the expulsion. Dodder is also a plant with similar laxative properties: it stimulates and accelerates the intestinal passage, and increases the purgative effect of the other herbs. The effect of grass on the digestive system can be helpful in constipation. Thanks to the presence of emollient mucilages and to its natural antiseptic capacity, the weed supports the body against minor disorders of the digestive system, including prolonged constipation.
In the mixture of purgative herbs there is also the common vilucchio plant, which has diuretic and laxative properties thanks to the presence of saponins and a purgative glycoside. It is historically used to help herbal treatments of chronic constipation due to liver failure, being a protective plant for the liver (cholagogue). Furthermore, in the laxative herbal tea there are also diuretic elements such as parietary officinal herb, emollient and refreshing of the digestive tract, and anise - known to treat intestinal gas and meteorism. Mentha is also used as a soothing agent, useful in case of side effects of constipation such as nausea and flatulence. Helichrysum is useful for its digestive properties, as is the antispasmodic sweet orange.
Origins and History of cultivation
In this blend of herbs against constipation, plants used in phytotherapy are selecteda historically as laxatives and purgatives. The causes of this condition can be triggered by various factors, so a natural remedy such as that of laxative herbs can act through a complete purification of various organs. Many herbs and herbal combinations have traditionally been used to provide a solution to constipation and a sluggish bowel. The qualities of the ingredients are enhanced in the effects of the mix, created for the purgative herbal tea. Most of the medicinal herbs in the blend have been around for centuries in Europe, and today all the ingredients are available dried and ready for infusion.
Plants and flowers
The components of the laxative herbal tea derive from various parts of medicinal plants, mainly leaves.
The Senna is a large genus of plants of the family of legumes, the Fabaceae. It is native to tropical climates, with a small number of species in temperate regions. The type species of the genus is Senna alexandrina, with a small shrub (60-200 cm), lanceolate leaves and yellow flowers.
Cuscuta is a genus of over 200 plant species of the Cuscutaceae family. These are yellow, orange or red parasitic plants, which grow in all subtropical and tropical regions - it is a rare plant in cold temperate climates. Sambucus is a genus of plants from the Adoxaceae family. Various species are known, widespread in the temperate and subtropical regions of the planet - in particular in the northern hemisphere. The elder grows best near built-up areas, up to about 6 meters high.
licorice is the common name of Glycyrrhiza glabra, a plant of the Fabaceae family. From its root it is possible to extract a sweet and aromatic aroma, known in confectionery. It is a perennial plant native to Western Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe. The common vilucchio with the scientific name Convolvulus arvensis, is part of the Convolvulaceae family. The climbing plant grows in hedges, on land up to about 1500 meters above sea level, reaching 2 meters in height. It blooms in the period between spring and summer, with very fragrant flowers.
The gramigna or Agropyrum Repens belongs to the Graminaceae family. It grows with a long rhizome and an erect stem without leaves, also adapting to unfavorable climatic conditions and at different altitudes. Widespread throughout Europe, it is mainly used for its rhizome.
The spearmint (Mentha spicata) is a herb belonging to the Lamiaceae family. As a perennial plant it is native to the Mediterranean and temperate Asia. Now widespread in many parts of the world, it is used as a flavoring in food and drinks.
The helichrysum or Helichrysum Stoechas is a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. As an aromatic herbaceous it is a perennial plant, which prefers dry, rocky and sandy soils. It can grow to about 1.20 meters. It blooms from May to August, with small yellow flowers.
The fallax or Rhamnus Alpina , is a bush plant of the Rhamnaceae family. Its shrub that reaches a size between 3 and 4 meters, with green flowers that appear between May and August. It is found in the clearing of forests, rocks and in the subalpine area.
The Parietaria is a genus of flowering plants of the family Urticaceae. It is native to temperate and tropical regions, it grows annually or perennial, up to about 60 cm in height, preferably on dry soils. It blooms from June to October. Anise or Pimpinella anisum is a plant of the Apiaceae family. It is native to the Mediterranean region and Asia. It is cultivated for its seeds, with their aroma and flavor appreciated in the kitchen, in the distillery and in herbal medicine. Orange defines various citrus species of the Rutaceae family. Sweet orange mainly refers to Citrus × sinensis. It is considered a hybrid of oriental origin, between pomelo and mandarin, and over the centuries the varieties of sweet orange are born through mutations.
Nutritional values of the purgative herb blend
The combination of these plants gives different active ingredients that counteract constipation. In particular, the cited compounds are active: anthraquinones (glycolysis) and saponins ; as well as other antioxidants and substances present in selected medicinal herbs. These molecules generate laxative action, and help absorbimentation of food nutrients in the intestinal tract.
How to use herbs in purgative tea
The infusion is obtained by putting the mixture of laxative herbs into a cup (250 ml), approximately 3-5 grams, with water at 100 ° C. Leave to infuse for 8 to 10 minutes, before drinking the herbal tea.
Add honey or sugar if you wish.
Purgative Herbal Blend: Side Effects and Contraindications
Like many laxative teas, this blend should be used short-term and in recommended doses. It is advisable not to consume the herbal tea for long periods and to respect the recommended doses, to avoid stomach pain, vomiting and dizziness, nausea, diarrheal phenomena and hypotension.
Due to the presence of substances that act on the digestive system, it is not recommended for people suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases, chronic disorders and pathologies affecting the gastrointestinal tract. Long-term and too frequent use of senna could also cause liver damage. In any case, it is not recommended for those sensitive to some medicinal herbs contained; that is, with allergies or intolerances to individual ingredients. The herbal tea is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.