If you have suffered from constipation before then you are not alone. It is a common condition among many people around the world. If this condition is not treated it may result in a number of health issues. For some people it is enough to add some fiber into their diet. For some however, it is not and thus the need to find an alternative remedy.
A good example of such a remedy is Cascara sagrada. This is a laxative that is made from the bark of a tree native to North America. It is a very common laxative being an ingredient in most laxative products in the United States. In fact, it is the most widely used cathartic in the world.
For Native Americans, this herb is much more than just a medicinal plant. It is an integral part of their culture. This tree grows to be over 20 feet in length having serrated leaves and a bark that is reddish brown in color. The bark is mostly used while dry since if wet, it can cause illness like diarrhea and vomiting. It is a very bitter taste and is often used for painting the nails of children to stop their nail biting habits.
This herb is quite useful as it can be used to the benefit your body over a variety of fields. It has benefits associated with the skin and hair. One of the benefits of Cascara sagrada bark is that it heals the skin. Most teenagers are faced with the problem of skin acne. This may be treated with regular application of cold tea that has been made from extracts of cascara. The herb also has hydrating properties that keeps the skin moisturized at all times.
In addition to this, the herb facilitates the growth of healthy hair thus it may be used as hair conditioner to keep your hair shiny, strong and soft. By using this herb regularly on your hair, you will strengthen the hair follicles thus keeping your hair radiant and strong.
Apart from the skin, and the herb may also be helpful in improving one’s health. It has properties that improve the gastrointestinal functions of your body thus cleansing your system and ensuring that your organs are in good shape. The herbs made from it are also used to treat some serious conditions such as enlarged liver, cirrhosis and jaundice.
Cascara sagrada has anti-cancer properties that are known to increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy. As it is very rich in anti-oxidants, it aids the body in warding off cancerous cells and fighting off free radicals in the body.
Apart from its medicinal benefits, there are also benefits of cascara sagrada bark that are related to loss of weight. Since it has very high levels of laxatives, it may be used in slimming teas and normal diet to help you lose weight. You should therefore make this herb part of your daily routine diet and see how much you will benefit from it.