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Sacred Cascara Tea – What is it for?

by Dianna Leon

Rhamnus purshiana, better known as sacred bark or may be called sacred bark, chitten bark and hawthorn, is an American plant native to the Oregon region in the United States. Well known for its depurative property, it is used worldwide as a laxative, being famous for combating intestinal constipation.

It is also very effective in colon cleansing, its application is guaranteed by years and years of experience of native populations in their proper places of origin. But what makes the sacred cascara a particular and special plant is that it doesn’t let the body get used to it. So that the person can use it once in a while, randomly, according to their need, without having to gradually increase the dose consumed.

The plant also has another positive aspect in its use as a laxative, the fact that it does not cause side effects, which is usually common in herbal medicines, especially those indicated for this purpose. It works by stimulating the colon’s peristaltic action, thus favoring the production of digestive secretions in various parts of the digestive system, also helping to dissolve gallstones.

What is it for?

  • chronic cholecystitis;
  • chronic constipation;
  • biliary dyskinesia;
  • gallstones;
  • intestinal meteorism;
  • diabetes;
  • helps with menstrual flow;
  • spleen infection;
  • fluid retention (has diuretic power);
  • hemorrhoids.

Heads up

There are many people who use to compare the sacred cascara to senna, however, the two are quite different, despite similar effects. Therefore,senna teashould never be used in combination with sacred cascara tea .

The use of the cascara is not recommended in cases where the person is already suffering from abdominal pain, intestinal obstruction, vomiting, severe dehydration, diseases such as appendicitis and other colon inflammation. The use of the plant should also be avoided in children under 10 years and pregnant or nursing women.

Sacred Cascara Tea


– A tablespoon of sacred shell leaves

– A liter of water

Way of doing:

  1. First, wash the husks well;
  2. Put the water on the fire to boil;
  3. Add the leaves to water and boil for five minutes;
  4. After cooling down; strain and it will be ready to use;
  5. If you prefer, store it in the refrigerator.

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