Cascara Sagrada

A natural laxative, anti-microbial. 

Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus Purshiana) is a shrub native to western North America whose bark is processed for medicinal purposes and is primarily used to treat constipation. The anthraquinones contained in the bark inhibit the absorption of water and electrolytes in the intestines. Because of this, stool volume increases as it absorbs the excess water, which increases pressure within the intestine. This stimulates muscle contractions in the colon (peristalsis), speeding the clearance of the bowel.

Part of the plant used: bark. 

Directions for using Cascara Sagrada Tea as a Natural Laxative

Put one teaspoon of La Belle Tisane’s Cascara Sagrada tea into a cup of boiling water or an infuser.  Let it brew for 15 to 30 minutes.  The best time to have Cascara Sagrada tea is in the evening.  Generally speaking, Cascara Sagrada will induce a bowel movement within eight to 12 hours of taking a dose.

Can cause dependency, don't overuse. 

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